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Local records, national impact

We’re pleased to announce that our new online recording system has gone live! This system enables you to submit your sightings to us, to help us make better, more evidence based conservation choices on our nature reserves, and inform our Living Landscapes strategy around Sheffield and Rotherham. Not only will this make it easier for us to upload large amounts of data at a time after a survey, it also gives everyone visiting our reserves a way to easily contribute to the larger environmental picture. All species records are welcome, whether you’ve seen something common or really rare, one individual or a whole flock!

This information will help us to get a clearer representation of how our local flora and fauna are thriving or where they are in decline. The data collected will also feed in to the National Biodiversity Network database which is shared by ecologists across the country and used to inform national policy decisions about nature and the environment. The species recording site will provide a lasting legacy from Data for Nature, a project to improve and standardise survey methods and data collection as recommended in the 2016 Sheffield State of Nature report. Data for Nature is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Submit your wildlife sightings here.