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Find Wildlife From Home Survey

 (Wheatear by Graham Ainge, 2021) 

We need your help to survey the diversity and abundance of wildlife and plants, on the Manhood Peninsula*. It’s important to record this information, as it allows us to monitor the impact of climate change and local developments on our environment. We welcome records of all local wildlife and plants, not just endangered species.

Your records will build an up-to-date database of information that can be shared with local organisations and government bodies, and this data will also be used by our projects to guide our future conservation work. Records submitted for this survey are always shared with the National Biological Records Centre (BRC).

*This survey is accepting submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes the parishes of Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering & Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, South Mundham, West Itchenor and Birdham.

How to record my sightings

Fill out a recording sheet to keep track of your sightings. You can edit the recording sheets online or on your device, or you can print a recording sheet and fill it in by hand (if filling in by hand, please scan or take a photo of your sheet when you are ready to submit).


Each sheet has space for multiple records, but you do not need to submit more than one record.

Google Docs Users

This link will open Google Docs and confirm if you would like to make a copy of the recording sheet. Once copied, the wildlife recording sheet will open in Google Docs and is ready to edit.

Microsoft Word Users

This link will download the recording sheet to your device as a Word Document. Once downloaded, the recording sheet may be edited in Microsoft Word or the Web version of Microsoft Word.

How to provide the location of my sighting where there is no address

To provide the exact location of a sighting using WGS84 (World Geodetic System) coordinates.

  • Find the location of your sighting on Google Maps and and click on that area until a grey location pin appears.

  • Below the pin, a box will appear showing two long numbers. Click on either number.

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  • A left-hand menu will now open, showing the coordinates (eg. 50.734234, -0.775574), which can be copied and pasted into your recording sheet.

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Details to include when recording your sightings (‘*’ starred details are required):

  • Your details* (First and last name)

  • Recorder’s details (if different from your details, include their first and last name)

  • Date of sighting*

  • Location of sighting* (nearest postcode or coordinates)

  • Environment* (garden/ park/ farmland/ woodland/ urban/ coastline/ wetland/ meadow/ other)

  • Habitat (pond/ hedgerow/ ditch/ tree/ other)  

  • Species common name* (eg. Fox)

  • Species Latin name (eg. Vulpes vulpes)

  • Number of individuals seen*

  • Life stage* (adult/ sub-adult/ unknown)

  • Sex* (male/ female/ unknown)

  • Comments (eg. Behaviours seen)

  • Photo file name (include if you will be attaching photo evidence to your submission)

How to submit my sightings for this survey

Please email wildlife recording sheets and photos to: wildlifesurvey@mwhg.org.uk.

You may attach your wildlife recording sheet to your email as a Word document, PDF, Google Doc or as a photo/ scanned image/ scanned PDF of the sheet (if filled in by hand). If you are submitting photos, please attach them as a JPG/ JPEG or PNG.

Photos submitted may be shared on our website and social media platforms (photographers will be credited).

Please submit wildlife recording sheets with any corresponding photo evidence together in the same email.