An Introduction to Biological Recording.

The Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre collects, collates and disseminates information about the wildlife species and habitats found within the administrative boundary of the County of Kent. 

Recording has an extensive history and people have been keeping records, both as amateurs and professionals, for a very long time. Even early cave paintings of animals could be considered to be biological records! All across the UK there are a great number of local and national societies who study particular species groups and keep records of their locations and changes in distributions as well as undertaking research to learn more about their behaviours. 

The KMBRC works closely with many of these groups as well as individual recorders in what is very much a two way process. 

We collect data from many different sources and without the support of recording groups, individuals and consultancies who willingly pass their data to us we simply could not undertake the work we do here at the Centre. In return we offer various forms of support including mapping and data management services, grant funding, access to free meeting space and editing services for books and other publications.

One of our core aims is to actively encourage biological recording within the community. Recording is an enjoyable, flexible and educational pastime that can be done from your kitchen window, as a school nature project or maybe as a community engagement activity for example. The information collected can potentially be used to help inform decision making, education and research across the County. 

Below are links to some of the key species recording groups within the County.