Essex Wildlife Trust Survey Toolkit
Interested in collecting species records or taking part in a survey? Our Survey Toolkit contains all the information you need to get started. More identification guides are also available via the OPAL (Open Air laboratories) project.
Staying Safe in the Field
Survey work is usually a relatively low risk occupation, but potential hazards should be taken into account to minimise the risk of injury when working outdoors. Before you start, read our guide to Staying safe in the field.
Note: these are guidelines only, Essex Wildlife Trust is not responsible for any accidents that may occur while collecting records. Regular Trust volunteers should consult the full risk assessment for the activity that they are doing, and ask for a copy of our Codes of Good Practice for more details.
Non Native Species
Getting Started - General species recording forms and guidance
Essex Wildlife Trust Guide to species recording
The guidelines below give a general introduction to biological recording, and advice on how to record species sightings in a consistent format.
How to read grid references
Reading Ordnance Survey grid references can be confusing, and a small error can lead to biological records being transplanted kilometres away from where they were recorded. Our interactive clickable maps automatically enter the correct grid reference for you when you click on the correct location, but if you want to check that your record is where you expect it to be this pictoral guide shows you how a grid reference is constructed.
How to submit online sightings
Once you have collected your records, please share them! Species records can be submitted to Essex Wildlife Trust using our online recording forms, this guide shows you how to get started.
Single Site Recording Form
A template recording form for recording multiple species at a single site.