If you are interested in getting involved in recording Ireland’s wildlife, whether it’s in your garden or on a walk in the countryside, or if you are looking to kick-start a recording scheme on behalf of your organisation, the National Biodiversity Data Centre has the necessary tools to help get you started. 

A small group of recorders are pictured here in search of the rare and threatened Shrill Carder Bumblebee as part of our Annual Recorder's event in 2019 in the Burren, Co. Clare.
A small group of recorders in search of the rare and threatened Shrill Carder Bumblebee as part of our Annual Recorder’s event in 2019 in the Burren, Co. Clare.


Are you new to recording?

If you are only starting out at biological recording, and don’t know where to start, why not check out our beginner’s guide to recording wildlife. This section will guide you on the basics of biological recording like how to get involved, how to submit a wildlife sighting and how to brush up on your identification skills for the animal and/or plant groups that interest you.


Are you ready to record?

If you already know a little bit about wildlife already, and your confident enough in your identification of a species, then Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal is the place to go. If it’s your first time to use the portal, don’t worry, we have some useful guidance on how to use the portal as a whole and also on how to submit a record of your wildlife sighting.


Are looking for help with an identification?

Can’t manage to nail down that species ID? We’ve all been there! At the National Biodiversity Data Centre, we want to try and pool together useful resources, websites and ID guides to help you in this endeavour. Visit our resources and publications webpage where you will find further information on species identification resources.


Are you hoping to get involved in monitoring biodiversity?

If you are a recorder and wish to get involved in some more systematic surveying, then perhaps you are ready to take the step up to monitoring biodiversity. Our monitoring schemes are designed and delivered in a way that gives us more precise information about the health of our ecosystems in Ireland today. We are running monitoring schemes for bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies and coastal biodiversity. We also coordinate an insect monitoring scheme that doesn’t take up time and is highly suited for beginners. Want to learn more? Visit our monitoring schemes initiatives webpage.


Are you looking to create an online recording form for your recording initiative?

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is committed to working with external partners who wish to avail of the Centre’s bioinformatics infrastructure. Bespoke forms can be created to suit the data needs of your initiative and will ensure effective, secure and well-managed data collection for your project. By making your recording form visible from Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal and the website of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, partner organisations also benefit from increased exposure and promotion of the initiative to a large recording community. For further information on this service and for some examples of how this has been availed of by partner organisations previously, check out our webpage for record management and IT services.

Large Red Damselfly
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And remember…

Staff at the National Biodiversity Data Centre are on hand on a daily basis so if you ever need to ask any questions about the services and topics above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here are our contact details.