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Wildlife records are vitally important in helping us understand the distribution and abundance of different species, and this data is essential for both protecting sites through the planning system and for conservation management. Climate change and habitat loss are impacting on the distribution and numbers of wildlife populations in Leicestershire and Rutland. The picture is constantly changing and we need regular data to allow action to be taken to protect wildlife.
Knowledge of what lives in our gardens, parks and open spaces is often very scant so you can really help by recording what lives in your locality. All records submitted will be shared with the Leicestershire and Rutland Environment Records Centre and also made available to the relevant land owner, local conservation bodies and the County experts who monitor each wildlife group. The more records that are submitted the clearer the picture and the more that can be done to conserve local biodiversity.
The NatureSpot web site is very easy to use and is intended to get more people recording the wildlife they see.
If you've not yet submitted any wildlife records makes sure you register then just go to the Submit Records page and tell us what species you've seen - whether in your garden, local park or any of our Wild Places. If you need it, help is on hand.
Every wildlife record submitted to NatureSpot will appear as a 'dot' on the Leicestershire and Rutland distribution map. These maps are displayed on each species page in our Species Library and they combine data from both NatureSpot records with those from the National Biodiversity Network. See the Maps page for more explanation.