How to record a sighting

Why record?

We need to record wildlife for a wide range of reasons. We live in an ever changing world and wildlife responds to those changes either positively (by expanding their range, or increasing their number), or negatively (range contraction, extinction, reduced fecundity). Conservationists and governments need to understand what effect policy and land management is having on nature. A rich and diverse wildlife is essential both economically and aesthetically.

What is a record?

To put it simply, a biological record is a note of what species was found, where it was found, when it was found and by whom it was found. Sometimes, in the case of historic records, and also when distributing records in this digital age we also need a note of where the record was originally noted (from whence it came). Who… what… where… when… whence…

Where should you send your record? There are numerous online options for recording sawflies. Local record centres may have their preferred system. If you live in a county with a designated county recorder, that person may also have a preferred method. Wherever you submit your record, it is important that the record is checked for accuracy. At present, the national sawfly scheme is not operating and the preferred method of submitting is via the iRecord website. Recorders can submit records on a casual basis or open an account with iRecord. Where possible, records submitted to iRecord will be verified and uploaded to the national database for mapping and can also be accessed by local record centres. The records are then available for all researchers to see.
Northern Ireland records should be submitted to the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) or to iRecord. All other Irish records should be submitted to the National Biodiversity Data Centre.