How do I record a species sighting?

We ask you to create a username and password to record wildlife on the website. This is to help make sure that people are not recording false information on the site.

The first thing you need to do is to click on the Record link on the menu at the top of the page. This will take you to the Log In page.

If this is the first time that you have used the website to record wildlife, click on the Register button on the Log In page. This asks you to:

  • Create a username: this needs to be between 6 and 30 characters long and be something memorable. Your username will show up against your record when you have made it eventually.
    Enter your email address. This will not be displayed publicly. Only the EYE Project team will be able to access this. We may occasionally need to contact you for information about your records or about the site in general.
  • Enter your name
  • Choose a password with a minimum of 6 characters in length. (You need to re-enter your chosen password in the box below to confirm it)
  • All that you need to do now is to click on the Create my account button to start recording. Don’t forget your username and password because you will need to enter them whenever you log in to record a species in the future! If you happen to forget your password, please click the Forgotten Password link, fill in your registered email address and then check that email account for a reminder of the password.

Logging In
If you have already registered to use the site, all you need to do is to enter your username and password on the Log In page and click the Log in button. This will take you to the first step of the recording process.

Recording your species: step one

To record your wildlife sightings, the first step involves entering the name of the species. Start to type the species name (i.e. Blackbird) into the box on the lift hand side of the page. As you type, any species that match your search will appear in the space on the right. You may need to type the full name before you find the correct match.

With some species, an image may appear to help you check that the species has been identified correctly. You may be able to find out some more information about the species by clicking on More info…. If you are unsure about the species, or the species title that appears, it may be worthwhile to check the name of your species in a book or by searching on the internet.

When you are happy that you have found the correct species, click on the species name or image. This will bring up a confirmation box titled Proceed. Confirm your selected species by clicking the Next Step button.

Recording your species: step two

The second step involves finding and recording the place where you saw your species. To do this, you use the interactive map to find the location.

You can use your mouse to double click on any part of the map to zoom in or alternatively you can click on the navigation buttons on the top left hand side of the screen to zoom in and out and pan the map.

Left-clicking and holding will allow you to drag the map around making navigation easy. Again, you can use the navigation buttons on the top left to pan around the map.

To record the exact location, you need to move the balloon to the correct location. You move the balloon by left-clicking and holding the mouse button down, moving the mouse and dropping it at the correct location.

When you are happy that you have chosen the correct location, click on the Next Step button.

Recording your species: step three

The third step involves entering extra information about your sighting. This includes:

  • The date at which you saw your species
  • Whether your species was alive, dead, or you are unsure
  • How many of the same species there were in the same place
  • Any other information about your species: e.g. What was it doing? Where exactly was it?
  • When you are happy with your information, click on the Next Step button.

Recording your species: step four

The fourth step involves confirming all the details of your sighting. When you are happy with the information, click the Finish button.

If you are not satisfied with the information that you have recorded, click on the Record link in the menu at the top of the page to return to step 1, or alternatively use the browsers back button to return to a previous step. Please note that once the Finish button has been clicked then the information specified during the record process will be recorded.

Well done! You have now recorded your species. You can now view your species record by choosing the Explore option in the menu at the top of the page.

How do I find out what other people have recorded?
Choose the Explore link on the menu at the top of the page. You will need to wait for a short time whilst all of the species records are being clustered.

Navigating the map

When the map window appears, you will see a number of large red marker balloons. The number in the centre indicates the number of records for that particular area of the map.

Use your mouse and the navigation buttons in the top left of the screen to zoom and pan around the map. For full instructions on how to do this, see the Recording your species: step two section above. As you zoom further into the map, more species record marker balloons will pop up. You can also find a place using the place option in the box to the left hand side of the page.

Viewing records

When a species marker balloon is blue e.g. Record Marker with no number in the centre, this marks one record. You can find out the species name recorded by moving your mouse over the marker balloon- a speech balloon will appear containing information about this record. To view the full record, click on the marker balloon itself and you will be able to see the details about this record.

If you are interested in finding out all records for a particular species, start to type in the name of a species in the grey box on the left hand side of the page and the system will automatically show you all records for species containing those letters. You can then zoom in as above to find out the details for these species. A list of each record is shown underneath the map window. Clicking on a species name will take you to an information page, which may contain further information about the species.

The only time that you cannot view species records is when the record is for a protected species. Protected species records are hidden from public view because the species is deemed to be at risk of persecution.

If you have any problems with any stage of the Record or Explore process, please Contact Us.