Scheme records diverse university wildlife

Students, staff and visitors at the University of York are being encouraged to record the wide variety of wildlife found on the campus.

A new recording website has been launched by the university’s Stockholm Environment Institute using the Indicia toolkit, which was developed with funding from OPAL.

Speckled Wood butterfly

Research associate Dr Rachel Pateman, who set up the website, said: “As part of their academic studies, many students carry out projects recording wildlife on campus such as birds or flowers, but the information rarely goes further than their notebook or computer.

“The new website will provide a central repository where all this valuable information can be stored.

"Details of sightings will also be passed on to national recording schemes which are used to inform policy research and decision-making.”

The records submitted to the website will remain open access and could be used for student projects in the future.