Rutland has a varied and rich natural environment, and we want to keep it that way. But Rutland’s wildlife, as everywhere in the country, is at risk from the problems of the modern world, such as pollution, land development and the loss of habitat.

Wildlife recording is one of the best ways to obtain information about the health of our environment and the wildlife in it. This in turn contributes to the planning of conservation measures to help ensure its survival.

The RNHS has a long tradition of wildlife recording to help gauge these changes in our natural world.

We publish regular newsletters and an annual report.

Our wildlife information contributes to county and national records.

All members of the society, whatever their expertise, are encouraged to participate. You can help by sending in record cards when you notice things, (such as the first swallow or cowslip) or you can join one of our recording groups to monitor amongst other things:

  • Roadside verges;
  • Orchids;
  • Glow worms

Submit Records Electronically

These recording sheets are in MS Excel format. It is intended these recording sheets are submitted by email to the individual recorder, please see guidelines. There is an element of colour on these cards which may make them expensive to print.

RNHS Amphibian & Reptile Recording Sheet

RNHS Bat Recording Sheet

RNHS Botany Recording Sheet

RNHS Butterflies Recording Sheet

RNHS Insect Recording Sheet 

RNHS Mammal Recording Sheet

RNHS Moths Recording Sheet

RNHS Orthoptera Recording Sheet

If you would like more guidance on the electronic submission please click here

Guidelines on completing Record Cards

To read a copy of the recording guidelines, please click here

These cards can be used for all areas including those above and additionally Birds, Glow Worms, etc.. full details of who to submit to are in the guidelines


Printable Record Cards

These recording sheets are a printable version if you wish to hand in at meetings or send by post. These cards are in black and white.

Printable   2020 Record Cards


These are used in various texts/reports and can be found here.

They can be used as appropriate when submitting records.

2020 update