Set up a new natural history society, run a public outreach event or set up a wildlife recording scheme.
Our free guides cover a range of topics and are packed with useful tips and practical advice to help your society flourish.
Guides for natural history groups
- Setting up a new voluntary natural history group (PDF, 90KB)
Choosing a name, applying for charitable status, managing finances and other key steps.
- Creating an effective website (PDF, 51KB)
A simple guide to setting up your own website, including tips on design and promotion.
- Running a public event (PDF, 52KB)
Guidance and tips for running a public event - including an essential tick-list.
- Funding sources guide (PDF, 46KB)
An easy-to-follow guide to funding options and advice on how to apply.
- Recording wildlife (PDF, 36KB)
How to make good biological records, advice on running a recording scheme, and recording data online.
- Learn about BioBlitzes and how to run your own
BioBlitzes are a great way to involve the public in wildlife recording, but how should you go about running your own?
The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) publications
- NBN: Running a biological recording scheme or survey
Includes planning, recording, managing data and training.
- NBN: Improving wildlife data quality
Includes methods of verification and validation.