Woodland Wildlife Watch
Let us know what wildlife you see!
Why do we need your wildlife records?
Information on what species are present is vital for us to conserve and manage the Woods. In addition to contributing to our local knowledge of species present, wildlife records also help to build a regional picture of wildlife in the area, which boroughs can use in their local plans and ultimately can contribute to national work on wildlife. So, if you can let us know what you see, that will help us and you can learn at the same time!
What wildlife should you record?
We want to know about ALL species, common or rare. Whatever it is, we’re interested to hear about it. Get the kids involved too.
How do you record the wildlife you see?
All we need to know is:
WHAT species you have seen
If you are unsure check our ID guide links below or if you have a photo you can send it to our twitter account and we’ll help you ID it.
WHERE you saw it
The name of the woods will do but more specific information such as a grid reference would be great (there are many free apps that will tell you your grid reference)
WHEN you saw it (the date)
If you manage to get a photo of what you saw then that’s brilliant and will help us significantly.
Your email address will help us in case we have any questions about your sighting.
There are four ways that you can submit your records to us, you can:
Visit Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) and fill out your sighting information there
Simply fill out your record details on the recording sheet at the Woodland Centre
Tweet your record to @RuislipWoods
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Species Identification Guides
Discover how to identify different species, including moths, bees, birds, dragonflies, mammals and loads more by following these links :
RSPB - their website has some excellent resources, click here to visit their bird identifier
The Mammal Society has some very comprehensive resources, click here to access their mammal identifier
Plants and Animals
Alternatively you can use this guide from OPAL, click here for Plant and Animal Identfication resources
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.