At its most basic level, a record consists of four pieces of information – who recorded what, when and where. If you have this minimum information, we encourage you to submit records knowing that not only will they be securely managed, but also that they will help inform decisions in London.
For casual recorders and ad hoc wildlife sightings use our online recording form (opens in a new window).
You can also report one-off sightings over the phone or via email.
Data from our online form are periodically extracted and entered into the database. Records are labelled as coming from a member of the public and displayed on the National Biodiversity Network at full resolution.
For ongoing record keeping, digitising archive and seasonal surveys, or for sending in batches of data from surveys or site visits.
If you think you are going to collect more than a handful of records each year, or have records from an entire survey, you can use our standardised spreadsheet which you can periodically send to GiGL.
Download our recording spreadsheets for adults or a simple recording spreadsheet suitable for BioBlitzes or for use by schools.
Partner data are input as part of their service level agreement.
We use Recorder 6 to manage partnership data. Data sent in using recording software will immediately be placed in the queue for entry into the database.
We can also accept paper as well as digital or online records. If you have archive or recent data in paper format but don’t have the time or facilities to digitise it we may be able to help.