Help to record the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland

Submit any sighting of an animal, plant or fungus – with or without a photo – to put your dot on our species distribution maps. All records are passed on to local and national recording schemes.  All wildlife records are valuable, common or rare, and whether from your garden, local park or a nature reserve. Help To Record

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Blood-vein - Timandra comae

Thurlaston garden - 30 June 2015

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Getting the identification correct is just as important as finding the specimen in the first place. If you’re not sure then seek help before submitting records – but only after making every effort to identify it yourself. There are many experts around who offer help and submitting photos to wildlife forums is often a good way of tapping into expert knowledge. See our Resources pages for good sources of identification help.

It is not always clear which species to record and how often. Do you record the Blackbird in your garden every day? What about plants in your garden or street trees nearby? Recent guidance from the BSBI has helped to answer some of these questions. See our What To Record page.

A checklist of all the species of dragonflies and damselflies in Leicestershire and Rutland has just been published. This excellent document includes species distribution maps and notes of where best to see them locally. See Dragonfly Resources.

Around 2,000 beetles species have been found in Leicestershire and Rutland, around half of the UK list. This impressive document lists all of these with details of the number of records and when last seen. Checklist of the beetles of VC55

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Pocota personata

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Spear Thistle Lacebug  - Tingis cardui

Spear Thistle Lacebug
Tingis cardui

"every thistle has one" 3-4mm and flat, search the upper leaves

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