Biological recording is to identify a species of plant, animal or fungus and to write down the details of when and where it was found. Many actions such as planning a building development, setting up a nature reserve or farming can affect wildlife. Decisions need to be made after considering the impact on the local ecology, and biological records can provide important information.
Collection data associated with our specimens is stored in our database and shared with the Staffordshire Ecological Record so that they are accessible for science research. Our natural science specimens represent over a century of collecting. Historical records can be compared with modern ones to discover how the distribution of species has changed over time, revealing the effects of habitat destruction and climate change.
Continuing to record species sightings provides data to protect endangered species and habitats. Send your local records to the Staffordshire Ecological Record or use a web service such as iRecord to manage and submit your records using your phone. If you find a deceased animal in good enough condition to consider donating to the museum, be sure to record the date and place as well as the circumstances in which you found it.