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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Perennial Sow-thistle - Sonchus arvensis

AJ Cann
Melton Country Park - 01 August 2015

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A new mapping tool has been installed on NatureSpot that lets you explore and map all NatureSpot records. By using the filters you can map and list all records for a selected area, just your own records, or select a particular wildlife group. Visit the Explore page from the main menu above.

All records submitted to NatureSpot are checked to confirm the identification and details are correct - called verification. In conjunction with the Biological Records Centre, we are using a new system with five choices. You will see the icons for these in the verification column of your My Records page. See the verification page for more information.

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.

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New Species

Omaloplia ruricola

first VC55 record


What's Around

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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