Logging Cuckoos, kites and other one-off observations
Roving Records are simple, one-off records of birds seen or heard whilst you are out and about. The Roving Records form is the ‘no frills’ way of entering a record into BirdTrack, making it ideal for telling us about your first Cuckoo of the year, a Red Kite that flew over or
a Little Egret that you noticed on a local waterway.
You'll need to register for BirdTrack to add a Roving Record; this is completely free and should only take a minute or two. We need to know who you are in case a record needs to
be followed up – this is why we request a postal address as well as your email.
Once registered, you can add records directly from the Home page whenever you are logged in, using one of the 'add records' options in the menu on the left side of the screen.
There are various ways to add records; to add a basic roving record, click the roving button.
You will then reach the Roving Records Form. There are instructions on the right; you just need to do the following:
- Zoom in to the right bit of the country (by clicking the '+' button on the left of the map or locating the cursor in the right spot then double-clicking / using the scroll wheel on your mouse).
- Locate the spot by holding down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and clicking once (this automatically selects the correct grid reference).
- Type the place name, date and species and, optionally, a count of individual birds seen or heard (as shown in the red box below).
- Click Submit:
And that's all there is to it - job done, thank you!
Note that BirdTrack was built to enable birdwatchers to store records in a format that maximises their value, both to the individual and to conservation. However, whilst complete lists (records of all species identified by sight or sound on a birdwatching visit to a site) have the widest range of potential uses, one-off records are also valuable, particularly for distribution mapping projects and county bird reports. The BirdTrack partners are keen to capture these ‘casual’ records, hence a simplified method of data entry – the Roving Records Form – was developed. If you are likely to go birdwatching at the same place again though, please use the create new site tool instead, then add your sightings as casual records or a species list.
We are always looking for more ways to improve BirdTrack; if you have any suggestions, please email the birdtrack [at] bto.org (subject: BirdTrack%20suggestion) (BirdTrack Organiser).