Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

National Recording Societies

These organisations hold national databases of species observations and many have a branch in Kent or the south east. These organisations often run national recording schemes in which you can participate and may also hold events such as conferences and training weekends.


The ARG UK is a network of wildlife volunteer groups which aim to protect & conserve the native amphibians & reptiles of the UK

Barn Owl Trust

The Barn Owl Trust is a registered charity dedicated to conserving the Barn Owl and its environment and is the main source of Barn Owl information in the UK.

Bat Conservation Trust

The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is the only UK organisation solely devoted to the conservation of bats and their habitats.

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Botanical Society of the British Isles

The Botanical Society of the British Isles is for everyone who is interested in the flora of Britain and Ireland.

British Arachnological Society

The BAS was founded with primary role of promoting the study of arachnids in the U.K. It brings together over 300 members in the U.K. who cover the full spectrum of interests from university academics through teachers to interested natural historians, with the latter accounting for the largest majority.

British Bryological Society

The Society is a registered charity which exists to promote a wider interest in all aspects of bryology. It provides tuition, organizes meetings, facilitates research and aids measures for conservation.

British Dragonfly Society

The aim of the British Dragonfly Society is to promote and encourage the study and conservation of dragonflies and their natural habitats, especially in the United Kingdom.

British Entomological Society

The British Entomological & Natural History Society (BENHS) is a society for both amateur and professional entomologists, and those interested in other branches of natural history.

British Lichen Society

The Society was formed in 1958 to stimulate and advance interest in all branches of lichenology. The first society in the world entirely devoted to the study of lichens, it has many overseas as well as British members.

British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology promotes bird conservation through volunteer-based surveys


Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the first organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and we are actively engaged in saving Britain's rarest bugs, slugs, snails, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, beetles and many more fascinating invertebrates.

BWARS (Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society)

BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland

Conchological Society

Founded in 1876 the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland is one of the oldest existing societies devoted to the study of molluscs.

Deer Initiative

The Deer Initiative is a broad partnership of statutory, voluntary and private interests dedicated to "ensuring the delivery of a sustainable, well-managed wild deer population in England and Wales ".

Dipterists Forum

The Dipterists Forum was established in 1993 to foster understanding, appreciation and conservation of British two-winged flies. Its members range from well-known experts to beginners and one of the aims of the Forum is to encourage as many people as possible to study this important, varied and fascinating group of insects.

Ephemeroptera Recording Scheme

The Ephemeroptera Recording Scheme was set up under the auspices of the Biological Records Centre, to encourage the recording of Ephemeroptera species throughout the British Isles. The aim of the recording scheme is to collect records of Ephemeroptera species throughout the British Isles. This will ultimately lead to the publication of an atlas of British Ephemeroptera and the monitoring of changes in the distribution of Ephemeroptera populations. Any populations that are particularly under threat will be identified and conservation advice will be provided.


Fatbirder is a web resource about birds, birding & birdwatching for birders

HCT (The Herpetological Conservation Trust)

A UK based charity and charitable company established to further the conservation of amphibians and reptiles.


The aim of HogWatch is to create a map of the distribution of hedgehogs across the UK.

Hoverfly Recording Scheme

The hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) are a family of attractive and familiar flies that we all see visiting flowers. Gardners welcome them because many of the black-and-yellow striped species have larvae which prey on greenfly and bacause of their important role in pollination. The National Recording Scheme, launched in 1976, aims to collate information about their ecology and distribution.

Mammals Trust UK

MTUK raises funds for scientific research aimed at understanding and solving many of the problems our mammals face today.

Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to caring for our seas, shores and wildlife.

Marine Life Information Network (MarLin)

The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland ( MarLIN ) provides information for marine environmental management, protection and education. It is a centre of excellence in spatially based and time-series marine biological information and supports good stewardship in the marine environment.

NARRS (National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme)

The National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) is a partnership project led by The Herpetological Conservation Trust (The HCT) that aims to monitor the conservation status of all UK amphibian and reptile species.

National Ladybird Survey

The Ladybird Survey aims to facilitate the recording of all the UK's ladybirds.

National Macro-Moth Recording Scheme

Butterfly Conservation has been carrying out a consultation and planning project for a proposed new National Macro-moth Recording Scheme (NMRS). These pages report on the findings of this consultation and outline the next steps towards the goal of launching the new scheme.

National Pond Monitoring Network

The National Pond Monitoring Network aims to work in partnership to increase the amount of data on the UK's ponds and to make it publicly available.


Plantlife is the leading charity working to protect wild plants and their habitats with national offices in England, Scotland and Wales

PTES (People's Trust for Endangered Species) Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Since its founding in 1889, the RSPB has grown into a wildlife conservation charity with more than a million members. It has offices across the UK and, since its successful first campaign to end the plumage trade, it has widened its sphere of influence to include a huge range of issues that affect wildlife and habitats.

The Biological Records Centre

The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964, is the national focus in the UK for terrestrial and freshwater species recording (other than birds). It works with the voluntary recording community throughout Britain and Ireland. The BRC database contains over 15 million records of more than 12000 species.

The Mammal Society

The Mammal Society works to protect British mammals, halt the decline of threatened species, and advise on all issues affecting British Mammals. They study mammals, identify the problems they face and promote conservation and other policies based on sound science.

Please note that larger recording societies often don't have the time to send local data back to LRCs to be made available to inform locala decisions. If you choose to record for a national scheme, please pass the data on to us first (or send us a copy) and we will happily send records on, on your behalf.