We accept records of any species that has been positively identified in Greater London. This includes ‘common or garden’ species as well as rarer sightings. See our Submit Records section for how to do this.
Very many of our records come from expert recording groups or professional surveyors. But, we take the view that encouraging recording and future experts is also important, so we accept records from the public as well as verified sources.
We do take validation (record is sensible) and verification (record is correctly identified) seriously however. The correct identification, especially of rare or protected species, can have consequences for conservation and management. The GiGL Recorder Advisory Group includes species experts who volunteer to check the identification of unverified records in the GiGL database, starting with priority species. Other records are verified by the expertise of the data provider (see GiGLer article), and GiGL can help with this process by initially digitising records to speed up checking. See our policies.
If you already pass on your species records to a recording group or local authority (see partner list) your data may come to us from them - get in touch and we can check, to avoid duplication.