Local Recording Groups

ERCCIS works closely with many groups and organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly , from local recording groups to nationally suported schemes, to mantain and increase recording effort in the county across a wide range of disciplines. 

Here you can find out more about recording groups in your area. 

Cornwall and Scilly Local Groups

Recorder Associations

CISFBR stands for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders. A group of independent biologists, both plant and animal specialists who work to support Biological Recorders in Cornwall.

NFBR is the National Forum for Biological Recording is the independent voice of Biological Recording in the UK.

Botanical

Botanical Cornwall Group was formed in early 2002 by a group of Cornish botanists. The Group's primary purpose is to coordinate botanical recording within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cornish Hedge Group was formed out of the Cornwall Biodiversity Initiative to bring together all those with an interest in Cornish Hedges. The Group is coordinated by Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG).

Mammals

Cornwall Bat Group is a group of volunteers, professionals and Natural England licensed wardens but always welcome new members with any level of knowledge.

Cornwall Mammal Group was set up in 1999 and is affiliated to The Mammal Society. The Group shares the same aims of raising awareness and understanding of mammals; encouraging and supporting their recording; providing training to survey mammals; promoting conservation of mammals and their habitats and sharing interests and skills with others.

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust is an evidence based conservation charity supporting a large network of active citizen scientists who routinely survey seals on their local patch in order to learn more about grey seals, a globally rare marine mammal for which the UK has a special legal responsibility to protect (JNCC).

Birds

Cornwall Bird-Watching and Preservation Society are dedicated to the study and conservation of birds in the county of Cornwall.

Isles of Scilly Bird Group are dedicated to the study and conservation of birds in the Isles of Scilly.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group (CRAG) aims to increase awareness and action on behalf of Cornwall's reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (frogs, toads and newts).

Invertebrates

Cornwall Butterfly Conservation is working to establish the present status of butterflies in Cornwall to improve the understanding of which species are increasing or are in decline.

Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society is an independent group of butterfly and moth enthusiasts to manage conservation sites, carry out breeding studies and help preserve some of Cornwall’s most threatened wildlife. 

Plant Galls in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the regional co-ordinator for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly maintains a database of records and encourages people to get involved in the study of plants galls.

Marine

CWT Marine Strandings Network is the official recorder for all marine strandings in Cornwall. The Marine Strandings Network consists of a team of over 120 volunteers who record all reported strandings of organic organisms on Cornwall's coastline.

Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area encourage people to become more involved with the Helford marine environment and to work together to conserve it.

St Agnes Marine Conservation Group is entirely run by volunteers to promote the St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area and help everyone to enjoy and appreciate the fantastic wildlife and wild places St Agnes has to offer.

Friends of the Fowey Estuary was formed in 1999 to provide a focus for voluntary activities for the conservation of the Fowey Estuary.

Polzeath Marine Conservation Group is a volunteer group workking to protect and conserve Polzeath and the wider marine envonrment by raising awareness and educating the public. 

Looe Marine Conservation Group run a full programme of public events and recording including rock-pooling, public engagement events, wildlife walks, bird and mammal monitoring including seal recording trips.

Seaquest Southwest a long-standing project that has historically relied on our volunteers and the general public sending Cornwall Wildlife Trust their records of sea sightings such as dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife. As a result, there has been a steady stream of data over the years which have given us a fantastic insight into our Cornish cetacean population.

Seasearch Cornwall The aim of Seasearch is to map the marine habitats and species found around our coast, and to use the information to identify sites of specific conservation concern. 

Your Shore Network is a project run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust to support and facilitate local marine conservation groups around Cornwall as well as encourace youth engagement with the marine environment. Join the Your Shore Network Facebook group. 

Geology

Cornwall Geoconservation Group this geological Group specialises in the geology and geomorphology of Cornwall. It is one of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's many voluntary groups.

Local Districts

Bude Marsh and Valley Survey Group run quarterly transect walks where all species that can be identified are recorded. In addition, occasional local trips to other defined sites such as Tiscott Wood, Maer Lake and the Cornish Coast.

Caradon Field and Natural History Club studying and recording group for all wildlife within the boundaries of the Caradon District of Cornwall.

Friends of Churchtown Farm Community Reserve is a Cornwall Wildlife Trust local action group to enable community members to contribute to all aspects of the site's management and wildife recording.

EcoSoc is a student led society based at Penryn Campus with a focus of all things wildlife and conservation. EcoSoc aim to get our members out and about in Cornwall, learning about the species it holds and helping to conserve them.

Launceston Area Parish Wildlife Group recording projects cover 18 local parishes in North Cornwall and focus on Launceston, which is an area of about 150 square miles. How rich is the wildlife in the Launceston area? How much is it under threat? Would you like to learn more about wildlife and help record the biodiversity in your parish?

Lizard Wildlife Watchpoint is run by National Trust staff and volunteers, it has been running through the Spring and Summer seasons since 2014 working with local schools and community groups, delivering a huge range of events in a stunning landscape.

Penwith Wildlife Group a group of wildlife enthusiasts operating in the penwith peninsula to record wildlife, improve habitats and engause with the communities of the area. Please contact ERCCIS for more information.

Red River Rescuers a group of like-minded people who want to help increase the biodiversity of the Red River Valley Local Nature Reserve and other areas by managing swathes of this once heavily industrialised area to restore areas of habitat being encroached by succession species such as gorse and willow. The members of the group come from a wide variety of backgrounds and new members are always welcome! We are keen to record any species within the Red River catchment area to help our conservation efforts.

The Friends of the Tamar Valley was set up at the beginning of 2011 to support and promote the Tamar Valley in as many ways as was needed. Folllow the Friends of Tamar Valley on Facebook

Treverbyn Wildlife Recording Group focusing within the Treverbyn Parish, St Austell working towards more wild places for both wildlife and public to enjoy. Please contact Treverbyn Wildife Recording Group for more information.

 

 

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