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RECORDS, RECORDERS AND RECORDING

An exciting and important part of the Club's work is supporting the gathering of records of flora and fauna species in the County. Your records are a vital part of this - please click here to download a single-species record card or here to download a multi-species Excel form to tell us what you have seen.

To maintain the reliability of records, there are expert County Recorders for different groups, from mosses to woodlice. Information about possible sightings should always be submitted to the appropriate Recorder for confirmation - there are instructions in the Excel form, whilst the Recorders can also be contacted using the email link or other contact details below. All records are sent from the Recorder to the Orkney Wildlife Information and Records Centre, see Orkney Biodiversity Records Centre which makes them available.

There are many national recording schemes collecting records, but please remember that records submitted to these rarely find their way back to the local records centre, meaning potentially important and useful records are not available locally. Please, therefore, always remember to submit your findings to the OWIRC, even if you are sending them to other recording schemes as well.

There is a full list of Recorders and the taxa they cover in the latest edition of the Field Club's Bulletin, the Orkney Naturalist but all those listed below can be readily contacted by email or telephone.

  • Algae - marine (seaweeds) - Prof. Martin Wilkinson, 07720192729

  • Algae - freshwater - Eileen Summers, Easthouse, Toab, Deerness, KW17 2QG

  • Amphibians and reptiles - Chris Booth

  • Ants - Keith Fairclough

  • Bats - Tim Dean

  • Beetles - Brian Ribbands

  • Birds - Jim Williams

  • Bumblebees, solitary bees and wasps - John Crossley

  • Butterflies and moths - Sydney Gauld

  • Bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts) - Rosemary McCance, phone 01856 851064

  • Bumblebees, Solitary Bees, Social Wasps and Wasps - John Crossley

  • Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera)- Sydney Gauld

  • Caddis flies, mayflies and stoneflies - Ross Andrew, Millfield Cottage, Costa, Evie, KW17 2NJ

  • Centipedes and millipedes - VACANT

  • Cetaceans - Chris Booth

  • Cnidaria (sea anemones, jellyfish, hydroids, comb jellies and siphonophores) - Penny Martin

  • Crustacea (marine) - VACANT

  • Dragonflies and Damselflies  - Graeme Walker

  • Earthworms, leeches etc - VACANT

  • Echinodermata (Sea Urchins, Starfish etc) - VACANT

  • Fish - Chris Booth

  • Fungi, including slime moulds - Julian Branscombe

  • Grasshoppers - Dick Matson

  • Lichens - Roger Davies

  • Mammals (excepting Bats and Cetaceans) - Brian Ribbands

  • Molluscs - marine (sea slugs, cephalopods, shells etc) - Anne Bignall

  • Molluscs - terrestrial ( slugs and snails) - Dave Musson

  • Mosses, liverworts and hornworts - Rosemary McCance, Braeside, Stenness, KW16 3LB

  • Sawflies - Jenni Stockan

  • Spiders, pseudoscorpions and harvestmen - Edward Milner

  • Stoneworts - Effy Everiss, Rosebank Cottage, Harray, KW17 2JU

  • True Bugs (Hemiptera) - Peter Kirby

  • True flies - Ross Andrew, Millfield Cottage, Costa, Evie, KW15 1UF

  • Vascular Plants - John Crossley

  • Woodlice - Dave Musson

We are starting to add definitive, up-to-date County Species Lists to this website. Once in place, these will help naturalists recognise whether they may have spotted a rarity which should be reported!

So far lists of the following can be viewed on line: