Hamilton Natural History Society
Hamilton Natural History Society encourages our members to report back wildlife sightings (we have a wildlife spot at our winter meetings and recording sheets on our summer outings).
If you are a beginner, you will not need any specialist equipment to come on our outings as usually, other members will have brought along binoculars, guidebooks etc. which you are welcome to share.
Local libraries usually hold a reasonable selection of guidebooks.
Many organisations produce free information leaflets/ID guides which can be picked up at outdoor events, nature reserves etc. or downloaded/provided as apps or you can use one of the general websites such as iSpot or the Natural History Museum or one of the specialists/professional bodies.
Many of the organisations listed run “citizen science” projects, as the value of amateur sightings adds greatly to the professional records.
Some have been going for many years such as the RSPB’s “Big Garden Birdwatch”, some are more recently such as the Society of Biology’s “Flying Ant Survey”.
If you find something local you would like to report, either contact us (send a record of what you found, preferably with a digital photo – we do not advise collecting from the wild) or contact your local Countryside Ranger service or County Recorder
If you find a site not listed that you found useful – do let us know and we will add it. Also, if you are a local group who would like to be on the list/linked, then contact us at email@example.com
The following organisations/websites may be helpful if you are looking for specific information or advice. For example, looking for places to visit locally to see wildlife; training or events you can attend, or volunteering opportunities for doing something practical.