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The purpose of the online distribution is to indicate the locations of species records which are held on the OWIARC main database, Recorder 6. An explanation of how to use the online mapping page can be found below.

The map indicates the locations where sightings of a species have been recorded and submitted; however if you require further information on these records you are welcome to contact us.


This is how the mapping screen will look. Consult the key below to learn about the main features.

  1. Click the Selection tab to hide or unhide the search menu
  2. Select from the Group section the group for which you wish to view information on species sightings
  3. The Species section lists the names of species which have been sighted under each group
  4. All species names are listed in scientific format and where common names are available these are also provided
  5. Species may be found either by scrolling through the list or by typing the species name in the search box; when using the search box, select either Scientific or Common then type the relevant species name
  6. Click to highlight the species name on the list and sightings will be displayed on the map
  7. The species selection will also be indicated at the top of the screen
  8. Sightings are displayed as a square indicating the resolution of the grid reference for the sighting; for example a 2 figure grid reference is shown on a 10 kilometre square, whereas a 4 figure grid reference is shown on a 1 kilometre square
  9. indicates the positions of sightings and on zooming in this becomes a square
  10. Zoom in or out by clicking on the + or — symbol. To scroll right or left, right click on the screen and drag the map.

A red square indicates that the sighting is less than 30 years old; a blue square indicates that the sighting is more than 30 years old.

NOTE: Protected and endangered species will only be shown at 10 kilometre resolution.

Information for all the different groups held by OWIARC will be uploaded to this site over a period of time, so if you can't find what you're looking for now please visit again.

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