Survey Guidance

These guidance notes are presented here by GiGL with advice from partners and expert recorders, to provide examples of survey methods appropriate for London. Methods are reproduced and adapted from established recording schemes, survey literature and expert advice.

We aim to provide an interesting overview of some best practice survey techniques. These can be be followed by experienced recorders, used to guide volunteers or simply to showcase the hard work that goes on behind many GiGL records. In particular, we hope that this guide might inspire new recorders to pick up a sweep net, quadrat or their binoculars and get out recording! Links to recording schemes and specialist societies are suggested.

The survey methods described are compatible with GiGL data entry and database systems and some will allow for accurate information to be gathered by non-specialist surveyors.

However, depending on the aim of the survey or the species or habitat being recorded, other methods not described here might also be suitable or preferred. Some of the described techniques are advisable for experienced recorders only. If in doubt, please get in touch with a local recording group or society for advice (some links are provided).