Recording the wildlife around us is an important part of what the Rochdale Field Naturalists do. It helps us to assess the biological health of our borough, helps us to monitor environmental changes, and is a useful tool to inform decisions on planning and major developments.
All our records are sent to the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, who then send them to the National Biodiversity Network, a UK-wide centre of biological data.
Society members send in their monthly record forms to the Society’s records co-ordinator, showing what they have seen in their garden or local patch, or elsewhere in the borough, be they birds, butterflies, bees, mammals, wild flowers or anything else of interest. Dates of trees coming into leaf in spring and losing them in autumn are also recorded, as are first and last dates of seasonal birds and butterfly visitors.
Additionally records from our monthly walks are collected, noting in particular species from one of the borough’s Sites of Biological Importance, Sites of Special Scientific Interest or one of the local nature reserves.
From time to time we visit certain sites to record whatever wildlife we see and/ carry out species specific surveys.
We also have frequent mini-projects that typically last a month or so. Examples have been noting winter visiting Brambling, and recording first sitings of frog, toad and newt spawn. You can see the latest ones in Publications
If you would like to help record the wildlife in your garden or patch please contact us for details. Similarly if you have noted something of particular interest please let us know by sending a grid reference and photo.