Welcome to our new online sightings and recording system, Nature Counts. This will not only 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 and record their wildlife sightings.
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’s database, the NBN Atlas, which is shared by ecologists across the country and used to inform national policy decisions about nature and the environment.
Whether you’ve seen something common or rare, in one of our nature reserves or elsewhere within Sheffield & Rotherham, let us know and record your wildlife sightings using our easy recording page. All species records are welcome, from birds and bees to fungi and lichens – they all help to build up a picture of the state of nature here in Sheffield and Rotherham.
How to record your sightings
Here’s a really easy guide to using our wildlife recording site from project leader Pete Tomlin.
We had some fantastic sightings sent in as part of our #BackyardBioblitz. Check out our blog – a regularly updated round up of the latest sightings – to see if your sighting or pictures have featured.
Get an easy guide and recording sheet to conduct your own #BackYardBioblitz here
Our species sightings and 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 2018 Sheffield State of Nature report. Data for Nature is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.