Dec 02 2019

Recording the wildlife on our estate in the South West

Monitoring wildlife on the Woodland Trust estate is incredibly important.  It can help to inform our management of the site, contribute to national databases tracking population trends, and consequently lead to positive change in policy and practice to benefit wildlife.  It is therefore essential that the data collected by our volunteers finds its way back to us and in a form that we can use.   For this reason we recommend you use the mobile app iRecord to record your wildlife sightings.  iRecord makes it easier for records to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels.  Each record has core information stored with it, such as geographical location, which makes it of great use.

If you don’t own a smart phone, we can alternatively provide a spreadsheet for you to add your records and send back to your volunteer manager.  Whichever works for you – but please do send us your data! If you would like a copy of the spread sheet then please e mail Amanda at

With 38 active Wildlife Monitors in the South West, it is no surprise there have been a number of rare species noted at sites across the estate.

Here are just some photos of the wildlife that has been captured and many thanks to Geoff Foale for the wonderful photos


Beetle – Oxyporus rufus                                           Wasp Spider – Argiope bruennich                Leafhopper – Allygus mixtus probably          Xanthogramma pedissequum

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  • ChrisStephens

    This is news to me. How long has this been going on? Is anyone appointed to coordinate reports from each WT property? I do not know anyone ho is doing this for Bishop’s Knoll. Does anyone who asks for it get a spreadsheet regardless of their competence?

    December 7, 2019 at 7:48 am

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