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One of the most important ways to protect wildlife in your area is to record what you see. Common species are just as important as rarer ones so your garden records are essential. Gardens in the UK occupy an area the same size as Suffolk so provide essential habitat to a range of insects, birds, plants and animals.

If you have never sent in a record do not worry. The most important thing is to be sure of your identification so all of our recorders will be happy to assist. If you have a photo of something you do not recognise that is even better.

As well as the recorder’s name a basic record requires

1. Species

2. Date seen

3. Location (preferably a Grid Reference - see below)

4. Any other notes

Put together your record will look something like this one from our Mammal Recorder, Darren Tansley

Species: Brown hare

Date: 16/02/16

Location: Stow Maries TQ821998

Notes: Two hares seen disappearing into long grass near air strip

How do I provide a grid reference?

Location is very important so a full description of where you saw it is vital but if you can provide an Ordnance Survey Grid Reference this is ideal. You can find the Grid Reference by visiting the Grid Reference Finder website.

Search the map for the location. Right click on the map and it will calculate the reference for you such as the one in Darren's record above.

Brown hares: Roger Hance