Submit your sightings

We would like to hear about your sightings of wildlife on or around Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves. This will help us to gain a better understanding of the species and habitats that are present, build a picture of how reserves are changing through time and plan for the future.

You can help by noting down any sightings of unusual, protected, or local interest species; or by listing all the species you see when visiting a reserve. Even records of common species can be useful. If you want to get more involved, you can be put in touch with your local Reserve Manager about regular species or habitat monitoring on a site. Contact us for further information.

Reserve records

For your sightings to be easily incorporated into our records database, please download the Trust's recording template and use it to send your reserve records in to the appropriate Reserve Manager electronically. If you do not have a Reserve Manager contact, please email your records to who will ensure they are passed to the relevant person(s). To help ensure that your records are saved in the correct format and for further information, download the Biodiversity recording on reserves guidelines.

Spotters' board

If you are new to wildlife recording, or are recording outwith Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves, you may wish to try iSpot, which lets you engage with a wide community of recorders across the UK. As well as sharing your wildlife photos, you can get help in identifying what you’ve seen and join discussions. If you are an experienced recorder, you can help others by adding identifications to existing observations.

Recording squirrels

If you see either red or grey squirrels on your travels in Scotland, we want to know about it! Please submit your sightings on our online recording page.

Please note: All data remains the property of the original recorder under copyright. By passing records to the Scottish Wildlife Trust you are agreeing to us collating and disseminating them as set out in our Biodiversity Data Access Policy. Your contact details will only be used for verification purposes; your name will form part of the record.

Responsible recording

Whilst surveying sites and recording sightings is important to further our knowledge, it must be done in a way that is sensitive to the environment and minimises impact. Whenever possible, identifications should be made in situ using a good field guide. If not possible at the time, field notes and good quality photographs often enable subsequent identification.

In some circumstances, catching or collection is essential, such as for accurate identification of certain species. Please remember that if you need to collect specimens to accompany your records, this should be limited to the minimum number necessary for the intended purpose, and must comply with legal requirements relating to the particular sites and species. If you are collecting on private land, always seek permission from the landowner or occupier beforehand.

A number of codes of conduct have been developed related to biological recording and the collection of specimens of particular groupings of wildlife. Many of the principles they include can be applied to recording in general. Scottish Wildlife Trust have extracted some key points and compiled links to the codes themselves into a downloadable Responsible recording document. Please contact us to let us know of other codes of conduct it would be useful to include.

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