This is my final update for you from the helm of the WILDside project. It has been a great pleasure to work within the records centre to support biological recording in the county and learn more about Northamptonshire’s wildlife. The project has been a real collaboration between the records centre, the Wildlife Trust, volunteer recorders and key partners - so thank you to everyone that has got involved. I would just like to reflect on some of the things that we have achieved together.
The WILDside Recording Community Facebook group has grown and is nearly at 200 members. This group is a great way for people interested in biological recording to contact one another and share sightings and their enthusiasm for the natural world. My thanks go to everyone that has contributed to this group. The group will continue to be led by the community and overseen by the records centre.
We have had 21 talks at the Northamptonshire Natural History Society, each one reflecting a different taxonomic group or aspect of biological recording. These have been very popular and engaged with the community. We cannot thank the NNHS enough for working together with us on this.
Our seasonal surveys have resulted in around 250 records and started people off recording; some of these people now record other species. In fact, during the course of this project, we have received records from over 150 new recorders.
Our events have been well attended and we have managed to put on around 40 workshops, 7 BioBlitzes and surveyed over 40 sites, the majority of which are local wildlife sites. We also had our first ever Northamptonshire Biological Recorders Conference. This was a hugely successful event and is something we are looking to repeat in the future.