How to get involved
Step 1: Get to know the species and natural events
Become familiar with the list of species and events that you can record. There are only 8 in total. Choose as many or as little as you like to record and look for these weekly in your patch.
Download a printable tick list of the species and events that you can record.
Step 2: Choose where you want to visit
Choose a recording location that you visit regularly and where you know you have a chance of seeing a particular event. Stick to this location each year. By sticking to the same location each year, we will attain the best quality information about the affect that weather and climate are having on Ireland’s natural clock.
Step 3: Record your observation
When you have made a seasonal observation in the field, an important piece of information to take note of is the date. We also ask you to fill in other details such as your name, email address, location details and spatial reference (a less detailed four-figure grid reference will suffice). Take a photo if you can and add this to your record.
Once you have observed a particular species emerging, arriving, or an event occurring such as flowering or spawning, you won’t need to record them again on your patch until the following year.
None of your personal information will be disclosed to any third party, and the location of the sighting will only be shown on a small scale, national map. The purpose of the mapping is not to get details of the location, but rather to see if there are significant difference to timing of these natural events across the country when they are plotted on a national map.