Lacewings and Allies Recording Scheme

covering: Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera and Mecoptera of the British Isles

Submitting Records

Send us your records!

If you have an existing County Lacewing Recorder who is actively accepting records, please continue to send records to the scheme via that person, if not then Colin will be pleased to receive the data directly by the following methods:

Via iRecord (link)

The iRecord online recording system is the preferred route for receiving records. This has been developed by the Biological Records Centre as a way of making records available to recording schemes and local records centres. iRecord is free to use, but you will need to register with the site to start entering records. Online training documents are available. If you have a photo it can be attached to the record on iRecord.

Via MapMate (link)

If you use MapMate Colin can accept sync files or spreadsheet exports. If you want to send a sync file please contact Colin first. A spreadsheet export from MapMate is preferable in many cases as the records can then be updated by Colin (if needed) before incorporating them into the central database.

Via other databases

Other biological recording databases such as Recorder 6 and Gilbert 21 can produce spreadsheet exports that are fine for the recording scheme. Please include the unique record IDs from the originating database if sending in data from these systems.

Via spreadsheets

Records on a spreadsheet (such as Microsoft Excel or the free Google Documents) are welcomed. An Excel spreadsheet template can be downloaded here.

Via email

For one-off records or occasional sightings you are welcome to send an email to Colin, although if you do start recording on a regular basis one of the above methods is preferable. As a minimum a record must include:

1. Species name
2. Date of sighting
3. Location name
4. OS Grid Ref / GPS Lat + Long
5. Recorder’s name

Via paper

Paper records are not forbidden! Where no other option is available paper records are of course welcome. Please post them with the details listed above to:

Colin W. Plant
14 West Road
Bishops Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 3QP

Help with identification from photos

We recommend loading photos on iSpot where the community can assist in identification to the lowest taxonomic rank. iSpot records can then be sent to the scheme.

The map below shows total coverage of all the records in the scheme database at May 2014.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith