Greater Manchester Local Record Centre

Greater Manchester Local Record Centre
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Wildlife Recording ....
Submitting Records

Submitting Records

How to Submit Your Records / Sightings

  1. If you intend to submit records on a regular basis please use RODIS.

    Features include:
    • Google mapping to record locations and display your records
    • Species dictionary contains all species found in Greater Manchester
  2. New to wildlife recording? You may prefer to use the basic form to start with.
  3. If you have a large number of records to submit these can be entered into our spreadsheet which is available for download and then emailed to us at

Any questions?

We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding wildlife recording in Greater Manchester. Please email

Simple Records Submission Form Submit your records via RODIS  (opens in new browser window)
Advanced Records Submission Form Submit your records via the basic form
Download spreadsheet Download our recording spreadsheet
ยป Greater_Manchester_LRC_Recording_Form_Web_Version.xls

A record needs to contain the following basic information:

  • Who saw it?
    This should be your full name.  If you are submitting a record on behalf of someone else, please put their name in the Additional Information box.
  • What is it?
    Which species have you seen?  For example if it was a fox, just type fox.  If it was a butterfly or plant you need to be able to say which species of butterfly or plant.  See the "Links" page for details of useful websites which will help you to identify what you have seen.  If you are unable to identify something then email a photograph to and we'll try to help you.
  • Where is it?
    The location where you saw the species.  Use the Google map to find the six-figure grid reference of the location where you saw the species.  Alternatively you can supply us with a post code.
  • When was it seen?
    Ideally you should record the exact date e.g. 03/04/2009.  However if you've seen something recently and can't remember exactly when it was, just tell us the month and year.


Additional Information

Any additional information you can provide will add value to your records.

  • Quantity
    The number of individuals of that species seen in one place at the same time.
  • What was it doing?
    For example a bird may be heard singing or carrying food for chicks.  A butterfly may be feeding on a particular plant.
  • Was it dead?
    We would like to receive records of dead animals, as these still help to build up a picture of where they are found.  Sadly for some species such as Hedgehogs most records will be of road kills rather than live animals.
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