Biological Records

Biodiversity conservation cannot function without accurate information on the location of species and habitats. At present there is no single source of records in Essex but records are available from Essex Wildlife Trust  ( , and from county recorders and other local groups.  A listing of the County Recoorders can be found via the link in the section below about Essex Field Club. There is currently insufficient accessible, up-to-date information available in Essex, relating to species, habitats and land cover in the digitised format needed by planners, statutory agencies and professional users. The two organisations listed below are working to address this need.   

Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust has it's own Biological Records Centre to collect biological records and organise volunteer recorders,  and has its own website to collect records on-line, to improve data accessibility and to deliver biodiversity information to a wide range of users by providing a comprehensive service for the collection, management and analysis of biological records. It aims to deliver enhanced and integrated biological information, essential to ensuring a better understanding of the importance of biodiversity to us all. This information is also necessary for the development of Biodiversity Action Plans and to support the delivery of informed planning decisions. Go to for more information. A charge is made for provision of information.


Essex Field Club Recorders

Essex Field Club compiles, maintains and verifies non-bird biological databases for the county and  also works in partnership with Butterfly Conservation, Essex Amphibian & Reptile Group, Essex Bat Group, and others to provide comprehensive coverage of county records. It has a Datasearch facilty at its website here,   and makes a charge for commercial enquiries. 

The Recorders compile and maintain detailed records of Essex flora, fauna and geology. Their website lists the recorders for each species group with contact details, and can be seen at this web page - 

They welcome records from members, specialists and other naturalists and these should include species, date of observation, location and, where possible, a six-figure grid reference and any habitat or other relevant ecological data. They will also assist with identification and answer queries on their subjects. They will also supply information upon request and subject to a fee.  Please see their website for further details.