Main Argyll Biological Records Centre

Sending in your sightings

Our role as Biological Records Centre

For biological recording purposes, Britain is divided into a number of regions each having their own Biological Records Centre.  The Biological Records Centre for vice-county 98, Main Argyll, is run by Lorn Natural History Group.  The records in our database are placed on the National Biodiveristy Network and made available to Scottish Natural Heritage and other statutory bodies, so that they can be taken into account when planning proposals are being considered or sites are assessed for environmental protection.

We welcome all records no matter how common the species.  The distribution maps for many species in Argyll are misleading due to the lack of data.  This can only be corrected if people send in records of what they see.

How to send in records

Individual sightings can be sent in using the form at the foot of this page, or email with the details if you prefer.  If you are not sure of the identity of your species, please send a photo to, or put one on the LNHG Facebook page.

Bulk records can be listed in a spreadsheet, Word document or any other format, and sent to

If you keep your records in Mapmate, they can be sync'd to us directly.  Our GUK is 6v5.

Oher recording schemes

As well as placing the records on the NBN, we will pass them on to the relevant taxonomic recording scheme, e.g. Butterfly Conservation, British Dragonfly Society, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, etc.  If you have already sent your records to one of these schemes it is still important to send a copy to your local records centre (that's us!) so that the records are available where needed.  Many taxonomic recording schemes take years to put their records on the NBN, or do not do so at all.  Environmental consultants do not approach all the dozens of different taxonomic recording schemes for data, they normally just ask the local records centre to supply the records they hold.

If you are sending us records which you have already sent to a taxonomic recording scheme, then by informing us of this you can ensure that we don't re-send them to that particular scheme.

Geographical area

To make it easy for you to send all your records in one go, we will gladly accept records from outside our area.  These will be passed on to the relevant local records centres.

The map below shows in white the area for which we are the official Records Centre.

The map is divided into 10 km squares (hectads), and the size of the dot in each square reflects the number of records we hold for locations within that square.

Size of dot

Number of records



Next largest




Next smallest




The hectads with few records fit broadly into three categories.

  • Hectads that only contain a small amount of land in VC98.  These are not a problem as the smaller number of records is to be expected.
  • The hectads NN13 and NN14, which, though not far from our most active recording areas as the crow flies, consist of land which is mostly very remote from the road network.
  • Hectads in Cowal and around Loch Fyne, where we do not as yet have many people sending in sightings.

Please help us make the dots bigger in all the squares!

Number of contributors

No less than 74 different observers contributed records to our dataset in 2014.  We thank them all for their valuable contribution, and look forward to further records from both new and existing observers.


Form for submitting individual records

Date of sighting 
Grid reference 
Name of finder 
Your name (if different) 
Email (not needed if I already know it!) 
Any other details, e.g habitat, behaviour,
quantity, etc.


By filling in this form you agree that the information contained in this form may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically for environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses in accordance with the LNHG data access policy.  Your email address will not form part of the record and will not be passed on to anyone.

Please send bulk records (and individual records if don't wish to use the above form) to

Carl Farmer
LNHG Biological Records Manager


This project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage