Ecological Surveys

Song Thrush





How to get Involved

Biological records from Greater London can be submitted online to Greenspace Information for Greater London.

There are also several national projects which are looking for records and sightings from members of the public. Please see the following websites for more information:


  • The Harlequin Ladybird Survey: the harlequin ladybird arrived in Britain in 2004 and is the most invasive ladybird species on earth. By taking part in this survey you can help to monitor its spread across Britain.
  • Moth Survey: moths are vital for feeding birds and pollinating plants, but some of them are in trouble. Take part in this national survey to record which species live in our gardens.
  • Stag Beetle Hunt: the stag beetle is a protected species in the UK, following its extinction in many European countries. Help find out if its numbers are stable in the UK by joining the Great Stag Hunt.
  • Earthworm Survey: earthworms are extremely important and play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating the soil. By taking part in this survey you'll help improve our knowledge of earthworms and the soils they live in - something we know surprisingly little about.


  • BirdTrack: the online bird recording scheme that increases the personal, local and national value of your sightings. This survey will help fill gaps in scientists' knowledge about birds in the UK. You can record information online about your bird sightings, from common garden birds to rare migrants.
  • Big Schools Bird Watch: An annual bird watching event organised by the RSPB.
  • Swifts: RSPB and London Swifts is asking Londoners to look out for swifts in their local area and record where they are nesting. The information is vital as we currently do not know how many of the birds are left in London.


  • National Plant Monitoring Scheme: the Common Plants Survey is a long-term project monitoring changes to the wild flowers in our countryside. It is the only national annual survey of wild plants in the UK. Its success rests entirely on volunteers.
  • Ancient Tree Hunt: the Ancient Tree Hunt (ATH) involves thousands of people in finding and mapping old trees across the UK. It will create a comprehensive living database of ancient trees and it’s the first step towards cherishing and caring for them.
  • Air Quality Survey: good air quality is essential for our health and for the wellbeing of our environment. By taking part in the OPAL air survey you'll help scientists answer important questions about local air quality and its impacts across England.

Amphibian and Reptiles

  • Amphibian and Reptile Surveys: the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme runs a number of surveys. Seek out rare visitors to your local area, like the adder and great-crested newt, or spot more regular ones like the common frog.


  • Hedgehog Watch: it is thought that hedgehogs are declining across the UK. Record your sightings to help track the population and give us a better understanding as to what is happening to hedgehog populations.
  • Bat Survey: the National Bat Monitoring Programme survey procedures are carefully designed so that anybody can take part in monitoring these fascinating but easily overlooked mammals. These surveys enable changes in bat populations to be tracked. Monitoring bats is essential as it would seem that many of our bat species have declined dramatically over the last 60 years.