Records can be submitted via on-line recording cards, smart phone apps, or using an excel template
Where possible please use the on-line recording cards to submit pollinator records. There are separate submission forms for:
These forms allow the user to enter records for individual species, and will be most useful for capturing small numbers of records, or single records of rare or unusual species. All data submitted will be automatically stored in a holding database in the Centre, and will be validated before being loaded into Biodiversity Maps. The recording system allows you to view, manage and map your own data on-line. At any time a copy of all data submitted can be downloaded by the provider in spreadsheet format. A tutorial on how to use the on-line form is available.
If you visit a site and record multiple bumblebee species you can use the site based form. This form operates on a site basis (1km2 or 6-figure grid reference) and allows the user to fill in the date, recorder name, location and grid reference; and then to tick all species observed from a preloaded list of Irish bumblebee species.
Smart phone app – Biodiversity Data Capture
This app is freely for android and iPhone. It mirrors the on-line recording system above. If you use the same email address, records submitted via the app are held within your account on the on-line system and can be view, mapped and downloaded along with data submitted directly on-line.
Andrew Fenner has developed a freely available Bumblebee identification and recording app. Download from Google play. Records from this app are supplied to the Data Centre on an annual basis. You must fill in your full name for the record to be accepted. Your phone will automatically populate the record with a date and a grid reference. It will try to find a location. If it doesn’t locate one you need to type in a location yourself so that we can accept your record. We only accept records where your phone had managed to pick up a grid reference with a high degree of accuracy.
If you are carrying out extensive surveys you can submit your records via this excel template and send it to us by email. It has all the necessary fields that we need to accept the information into the national pollinator databases.