Biological Recording

Why record our wildlife?
We cannot protect species if we have no accurate data of what we have and where! We aim to contribute to the biological records for Vice County 101 (Knapdale and Kintyre) and to add to the records already being collected by the Lorn Natural History Group in Vice County 98 (Main Argyll), who run this county’s Biological Records Centre.

You can help!
You can add your wildlife sightings to our Facebook group page, or click to fill in this form and post or email it back to us and we will upload your data for inclusion in the national database.
All we need to know is the ’Who, When, What and Where’ of your sighting and we will do the rest. We are keen to raise awarenss of our amazing biodiversity here and ensure that effective action is taken to conserve this irreplaceable resource for future generations.

What are Vice-counties?
In Britain, the recording of species is generally organised in accordance with the system of Vice-counties, a system of division of Britain and Ireland into geographical units based upon traditional counties. They were introduced for Great Britain, its offshore islands, and the Isle of Man, by Hewett Cottrell Watson who first used them in his Cybele Britannica published in 1852.

Large traditional counties (such as Argyll) were split into several Vice-counties to produce units of approximately equal size across the country.

Vice-counties are still used by recorders because they provide historical stability. The borders of Vice-counties do not change, whereas those of political counties have changed dramatically and continue to do so. Species recorders will typically work to Vice-county boundaries.

If you would like to find out more about biological recording take a look at the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC) websites. For details on specific species there are many groups and organisations such as the Butterfly Conservation Trust, RSPB and The Mammal Society