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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Pointed Spear-moss - Calliergonella cuspidata

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Beacon Hill CP - 16 February 2017

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As we prepare for the clocks to go forward, we say farewell to our winter visitors. It's been a great winter for birding in VC55 (Leicestershire & Rutland). 
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The Golden Shelled Slug has been found in Leicestershire for only the second time and 30 years after the only previous record. Saharima Roenisch discovered this spectacular slug at Welford Road Cemetery where the rich soil probably suits its underground lifestyle feeding on earthworms. This slug is particularly unusual as it is one of a small group that retain a tiny vestigial shell at the end of its body. Read more.

With spring around the corner we can expect better weather  - but wait, is that road verge coated with snow? Let's hope not! What is that froth of tiny white flowers along the edge of the road? NatureSpot News is here to help. 
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Dicyrtomina saundersi

One of the great things about NatureSpot is that anyone can join in and add to our knowledge of wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55). However, before you can submit a record you do need to be able to identify what you have seen. For some familiar groups this is relatively easy, but others are more challenging. Take Springtails - they are one of our commonest invertebrates and can be found almost everywhere, but we know very little about the Springtails of VC55. They are small - some are truly tiny at less than 1mm long, but they are also unfamiliar to most people. That's where NatureSpot can help you.

Re-engagement with Britain's natural history has never been more urgent. Young people need the skills to name, observe, monitor and record wildlife. It is vital to understand the contribution nature makes to our lives physically, culturally, emotionally and scientifically both in the past and today. An Government online petition is collecting support for to Develop a GCSE in Natural History.

2016 was another record year for NatureSpot, with the growth seen in previous years continuing. There were increases in the number of records submitted, the number of recorders, visitors to the website and the species profiled. Read the 2016 Annual Report here.

NatureSpot is run by volunteers who all share an interest in local wildlife. Would you like to join us? There are many different tasks that would suit people with varying time to offer and different skills and interests. Have a look at some of the ways you could help and get in touch if you are interested. Volunteering for NatureSpot.

Currently over 80 volunteers across Leicestershire are monitoring moths in their gardens, but there is a gap in coverage in Market Harborough and the north eastern part of Harborough District. Could you help? Read more.

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