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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May is officially “Tick Awareness Month” in the UK. We should all be more aware of ticks, but “Tick Awareness Month” is actually a marketing campaign by a pharmaceutical company which is concerned with killing them. At NatureSpot, our interests are rather different. More… 

Recently the NatureSpot team met for an awayday at Holwell nature reserve where they found a rare cream-flowered form of Bush Vetch, Vicia sepium var. ochroleucaMore…. 

It seems odd to ask the question "Where have all the insects gone?" at the time of year when insects are most abundant, but a new report illustrates the worrying long term decine in insect numbers. More.... 

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Occasionally records are submitted to NatureSpot which show insects parasitized by Tachinid flies

Road verges are a vital refuge for wildflowers driven out of farmland. In turn, wildflowers support birds, bees and other wildlife. Wild plant conservation charity Plantlife wants to see road verges managed better while remaining safe for motorists. Not only can this be done – it could save money for local councils too. Sign the petition now

Early Purple Orchid Plain Gold

There are certain points in the year that mark turning points - the first Swallow of summer for example. The first orchid of the year is also memorable. more 

We know that people all over the UK use NatureSpot to identify plants and animals that they have seen, which is great. You're probably aware that NatureSpot is a citizen science charity which collects wildlife records from Leicestershire and Rutland, but what happens next  - what do we do with all that information?

Buglife, the invertebrate conservation organization, has launched a new survey during National Invasive Species Week looking at the origins and potential hazards of imported bedding plants - PotWatch

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