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. You can be sure that they will be securely managed, and will help to 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.
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 standard recording spreadsheets 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.
GiGL manage and curate London wide datasets from surveys including: Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, Open Spaces (and Public Open Space designations), habitat survey records and urban greening features (including green roofs).
GiGL can incorporate local results into the London wide datasets on behalf of the data owner.
The Best Method?
Please only send a record in using one method to avoid duplication. If you already send records to a recording scheme or society, these records may already be coming our way, please ask your group if this is the case or get in touch with us to check.