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.

Some of the natural events and species we hope you will keep your eye out for. Source: Pollydot (frog spawn), K. Geary (Orange-tip butterfly), Will George (Grey Mining Bee) and Thomas Landgren (Barn Swallow)
Some of the natural events and species we hope you will keep your eye out for. Source: Pollydot (frog spawn), K. Geary (Orange-tip butterfly), Will George (Grey Mining Bee) and Thomas Landgren (Barn Swallow)

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.

Please record your seasonal observation using the following recording form. Once you have recorded your observation you will be able to view your records instantly on the live map.

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.

This is a screenshot of the recording form you will be using. The attribute fields that you need to fill with information relating to your observation are highlighted in red. The attribute fields highlighted in yellow are optional but are useful pieces of information to supplement your record with. Click to visit the recording form. Source: Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal

 

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.