One of the aims of the Devon Mammal Group is to further our knowledge of the range and distribution of mammals across the county. All records collected by us are sent to Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC) which runs a database of species records in Devon. Records come both from organised surveys and incidental sightings, and the records that YOU send in are very important. Mammals cannot be protected if we don’t know where they are.
However, there are a lot of gaps in the database. Otters and dormice are fairly well recorded in Devon, but many of the more common species are not. We want to know about anything and everything. So, what do we need to know?
An environmental record has four core elements – who, what, when and where:
- Who – your name and contact details. We may need to contact you to ask for more details – about what you saw or where you saw it. Your name and address will be included on the Records Centre Database and you may be invited to take part in other wildlife surveys. Your details will not be passed on to anyone else. Please let us know if you do NOT want to be sent details of other wildlife surveys.
- What you saw – name (English or Latin) or a description if you don’t know. A description is very helpful if it is something rare, as otherwise we will contact you for more details.
- When – the date you saw it. This can be just the year, the year and the month, or the full date. A range of dates is fine e.g. 2001-2003 or April to June 2002. Remember, we also want to know about historical records.
- Where – this is the difficult bit! We need to be able to find your record on a map, so that we can put it on the database. So, please provide as much information as possible about the location e.g. landmarks, road names or numbers, direction of travel, the name of the nearest town or village. If you see something when driving, use the mileage counter e.g. ‘A3072, 3 miles from the Highhampton turning, travelling from Hatherleigh to Holsworthy’. If you can provide a grid reference that is fantastic, but don’t worry if you cannot. If you do give a grid reference, please give a description of the location as well, so that we can check if the grid reference is correct.
Please enter your findings below then click the submit button: