Collecting data

Gathering records for the LBC database

Most of you will know that we collect your sightings of birds from the Forum for entry onto the LBC Database, which is then used to compile Annual Reports.

If you would like any of your personal records, which are not posted on the Forum, included in the database there are many ways you can send these to the county bird recorders, preferably on a monthly basis.

If you are running Wildlife Recorder, which is the system used by LBC, or Bird Recorder, your records can be sent by email as an exported file. This information is then imported directly into Wildlife Recorder. From our point of view this is obviously the best option, as it involves less work and gives us more time for bird watching!

Another option is the use of spreadsheets. The best format is known as a “Trip”, which gives the date and location, together with a list of birds seen (not necessarily in systematic order) with the number of each species seen. The information can be copied onto a special template, which has been designed by Andrew Chick, and again can be imported into the database. If anyone is interested in submitting records in this way, a copy of this template, shown below, is available on request.

H = heard only, several other codes are also used, ie E = escape etc, we will add these codes as appropriate.

Click here to download this template – LBC Recording Template

If you have no method of recording your sightings, an email to the county recorders or us would be most acceptable, using the same format as for spreadsheets, ie in “Trip” format.

We wouldn’t object if the same information is hand written and sent to the county recorders by ‘snail-mail’, preferably with the information in the same order as for spreadsheets/emails.

For those who are not members of the LBC there is the Casual/Confidential facility available on the Forum. Why not join – for £12 a year we think it is good value!!

So that we can continue the momentum, you can help by letting us have your records as soon as possible after the year end – we are aiming for a cut-off date of 28th February for every year.

Sheila and Colin Jennings

September 2009