Recording sightings of wildlife in Hurst
The UK is amongst the most nature-depleted counties in the world with continuing declines in many species of birds, mammals, insects and plants.
Biodiversity is an increasingly important tool for controlling and managing development in urban and rural communities.
Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) will assess the richness of biodiversity for all sites subject to planning applications and this can weigh heavily on whether a site receives approval. WBC gathers biodiversity data from a number of sources including Thames Valley Environmental Record Centre (TVERC). TVERC in turn accesses information from a host of wildlife recording sites. One of these sites is iRecord. The iRecord site can be accessed through your computer or Smart phone app which allows you to manage and share your wildlife sightings.
At present the records for our village are not very extensive or up to date and so we are encouraging parishioners to register with iRecord and start logging the wildlife you see and particularity those species on the at-risk list. However, do not ignore common species as they could find themselves on the at-risk list in the future.
The easiest way to make sure your records are used in local-decision making is to submit your records directly to TVERC via iRecord.
How to share your records
All wildlife sightings are important and TVERC welcomes records of any wildlife that you have observed in Berkshire or Oxfordshire. There are several ways in which you can share these with them. You do have to register with iRecord initially.
TVERC has its own online recording activity in iRecord here
Entering sightings via this activity allows us to quickly and easily add the data to our database.
When using the app you need to join and then select Activities and select TVERC Species Records as your default.
If you use a different online recording website or app, please download the data in a .csv file and email it to TVERC at email@example.com.
Remember to take photos too as this will help verify your records.
Once you have entered a record:
- You can amend or delete a record, explore your own or all records
- Explore records of a particular species.
- Explore records for Hurst
- Know once your records have been verified
*Birds that have been seen in Hurst
|Birds of Conservation Concern 4 Red List Birds|
|Black Tailed Godwit*|
|Lesser Spotted Woodpecker*|
|Long Tailed Duck|
|Red Back Shrike|
|White Fronted Goose|
|Some of the Biodiversity Action Plan priority Bird species not on the Red List|
|Dark Bellied Brent Goose|
|Hedge Accentor (Dunnock)*|
** Species that have been seen in Hurst
|Mammals (International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List)|
|Water Vole (endangered)**|
|Serotine Bat (vulnerable)**|
|Grey Long-eared bat (endangered)|
|Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Bat (Near threatened)**|
|Leisler’s Bat (Near threatened)|
|Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Critical)|
|Mammals on the Biodiversity Action Plan Priority List|
|Brown Long-eared Bat**|
|Greater Horseshoe Bat|
|All bats are protected|
|Amphibians – Priority Species (protected)|
|Great Crested Newt**|
|Common Toad (in serious decline)**|
|Natterjack Toad (extremely rare)|
|Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 Schedule 5 Priority Species|
|Stag Beetles (inc Lesser Stag Beetle) (protected)**|
|Insects, Moths and Butterflies on the Biodiversity Action Plan priority list|
|There are so many – please register as many as you can for ladybirds, bees, spiders, beetles, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and moths. |
For a list go to: List of UK BAP Priority Terrestrial Invertebrate Species (2007) (jncc.gov.uk)