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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Common Drone Fly - Eristalis tenax

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Braunstone Town - 28 March 2015

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The latest publication from the Leicestershire Entomological Society describes the most notable beetles found in Leicestershire and Rutland, written by Graham Finch, the County Recorder. Visit the LES page to view/download the report.

March is a quiet time for nature recorders as most flowers and insects have still to make an appearance, but one thing that we can all do is to try and add some mammal records.  This is particularly important this year as a new Mammal Atlas of Britain is in the pipeline and records for 2015 should be accepted in time to be included.  A large number of mammal records come from road kill victims, such as Badger and Fox, or from signs of activity such as mole hills.  Please make a special effort this year to record anything you see whilst travelling around our two counties.

The latest LES newsletter is now available. Read about recent insect discoveries in Leicestershire plus how to find the European Chinchbug (see image) in winter. Read or download from the LES page.

Amazingly there are 236 tetrads (2km squares) in Leicestershire and Rutland without any NatureSpot records. We are therefore asking our members to ‘adopt’ an unrecorded tetrad during 2015 and to record as many species as possible from their chosen area – even common species such as Daisy and Hawthorn.  In this way we can begin to map the distribution of species across the two counties. Adopt a tetrad

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