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Name of the person who first spotted it. Enter full name if possible.
Full name of person who identified it. Often the same as the 'Observer' but may be different, for example sending a photo to an expert for ID.
Location description if available. This could be a place name (e.g. 'Chester Zoo Nature Reserve'), or an address (e.g. 'Princess Street, Warrington'). Specifics such as 'under a log', 'in a pond' etc. are not appropriate for this field, but could be added in 'Comments'.
This is linked to the 'Position' map above. Adding, or dragging, a pin on the map updates the grid reference. Entering a grid reference relocates the pin on the map. Please only use standard format, e.g. SJ41587047 and enter to highest degree of accuracy known.
Start typing the scientific or common name and pick from the options. Species-level is preferred if known but options include genus, family and aggregates if the exact species is unknown. Be sure to pick the correct entry. If you can't find what you're looking for, use https://species.nbnatlas.org/ to check alternative names. It could also be a new species for our area – please email us for support in this case.
Where possible, count or estimate the number of individuals. Use an exact number, e.g. '10' or '<10', '>10', 'c.200' (for an approximate count). Use the DAFOR scale for estimating abundance of plants (no abbreviations please). The field also accepts any other value, e.g. 'small population', '20 percent coverage', but please try to use numbers, approximate numbers or a valid scale where possible.
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Please also ensure you are not entering multiple records by mistake, e.g. '10 males and 5 females' would need to be entered as 2 different records rather than detailing the male and female numbers in the abundance.
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Pick from one of the available options. Stage refers to the life stage, e.g. 'Adult', 'Juvenile', 'Dead' or for a plant 'Flowering' etc. You can add both the sex and the stage, e.g. 'Adult Female' or one or the other. If not known select 'Not recorded'. If you want to enter an option that isn't available, please email us.
This is 'how' you recorded it. Pick from the available options. Records of evidence, e.g. 'Mole Hill' are just as important as live sightings. If you used any equipment add this here too. If more than one record type applies, please include what you feel to be the most important information to interpret the record here and add anything additional in the comments.
The default (if you are unsure) is 'Field Record.' If you have seen a live individual, please use 'Sighting' rather than 'Field Record'.
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