BirdTrack teams up with iRecord


BirdTrack, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) as an online notebook for birders, has submitted more than a quarter of a million records of other wildlife to iRecord, a national wildlife data collection website operated by the Biological Records Centre (BRC).

Britain's birders are well known for watching other wildlife, particularly in the 'slow' summer months, and although birds are their primary aim they very often diversify into butterfly, dragonfly and mammal watching, alongside recording some plants, too.

Over recent years, developments to the BirdTrack recording software has enabled users to record other wildlife sightings while submitting their bird observations. This has resulted in BirdTrack sharing more than 250,000 records with iRecord, making them available to others for research and conservation.

BirdTrack allows users to record 'non-bird' sightings, such as Brimstone, while out in the field Rob Smith).

Scott Mayson, BirdTrack Organiser at the BTO, said: "It never ceases to amaze me how engaged in wildlife recording the British public are. As this initiative develops we will be sharing over 100,000 butterfly observations per year alone and have received 150 butterfly records already this year, and it is only March. I would encourage any birdwatchers already using BirdTrack to submit their non-bird observations too; the more we get, the more powerful the database becomes as a conservation tool."

Martin Harvey, UKCEH Biological Records Centre, added: "BRC is pleased to have been able to work with BTO to establish this link between our two online recording systems, building on the strengths of each to enable more wildlife records to be checked and shared."

BirdTrack is free to download and use. For more information, visit BirdTrack.net.