Survey Guidance

These guidance notes are presented with advice from partners and expert recorders and provide examples of survey methods appropriate for London. Methods are reproduced and adapted from established recording schemes, survey literature and expert advice and provide an overview of some best practice survey techniques. We hope that this guide might inspire new recorders to pick up a sweep net, quadrat or their binoculars and get out recording!

The survey methods described are compatible with GiGL data entry and database systems. Many will allow for accurate information to be gathered by non-specialist surveyors but some of the described techniques are advisable for experienced recorders only and 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.  If in doubt, please get in touch with a local recording group or society for advice. Links to recording schemes and specialist societies are suggested.