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London’s Priority Species

Over 15,000 different species have been recorded in London so identifying a smaller number of priority species allows conservation efforts to be focused towards those species that need help the most. London’s priority species are those we share our city with that are national priorities for conservation and those that are believed to be declining in London or beyond…

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Show & Tell: Mobilising Paper Records

Every new technology brings with it new advantages and challenges. So it has been in the world of species recording. Phone apps, websites and online recording have allowed a streamlining of the process from observer to database. Records can be uploaded at the click of a button…

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Verification: We Need Your Help

Are you enthralled by Ephemeroptera? Can you tell a Baetis rhodani from a Cloeon dipterum? Do you find fungi fascinating or think slime mould is sensational? If so, then you may be just the person we are looking for.

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Verifying Odonata

Here at GiGL, we can receive hundreds, sometimes thousands of records in a week. People send us records because they have a lifelong passion for the subject, or simply because they were intrigued by something they found in their garden.

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Masses of moths

GiGL currently holds nearly 2.8 million species records. Whilst I can’t claim to have input all of those records myself, I can lay claim to just over 1.5 million.

In recent years, the greatest number of records has come to GiGL as large datasets from established recording schemes such as the London Natural History Society.

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In the beginning …

From handwritten notes on scraps of torn paper to complex personalised databases, records come into GiGL in all sorts of different formats.

Most commonly, data are presented to GiGL as a simple list of species. Grid tables are a favourite with some recorders, who record combinations of the same species on differerent dates. Equally important are one-off records, which are often just ad-hoc sightings. They can be from both known recorders and members of the public and tend to be the ‘scraps of torn paper’ variety.

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