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I thought it was late too but a photo of the same or similar bee I posted last week was Identified as tawny mining bee - even though I thought it didn't look right to be so
I think that one needs to be revisited then!
Do records on ispot get shared with BWARS? if not i can submit al the bees and wasps ive been seeing and recording this year to BWARS?
They do... but there is no automatic way for this to happen yet. We need to think carefully about the best way to do this and this is something that BWARS and iSpot do discuss
oh so you literally have to trawl through the observations to record things for your own records?
I will send all my observations into GIGL as well as well as borough ecology officers
its a shame all these recording mediums cant share their records more easily without duplication.
I know many charge other organisations to see their records data which I think is unfair when volunteers are submitting sightings freely.
I agree there is some concern on how records are used - particularly when some data is made accessible to planning consultants for desk top studies who probably could not tell a beetle from a banana but make a healthy living out of providing the right answer
Some recording sysytems like Map Mate have a recording facility ( Replication ) which does allow the exchange of records from " Centres"
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The easiest way to ensure they do get to BWARS is to enter them via the online recording setup at http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/
All you need to do is register, and then record. All Hymenoptera records come to me for verification, and if the stuff has been id'd to species on iSpot, then that is ideal and it will be accepted immediately.
The real problem is finding the time to verify records from people who are not known to the verifiers, and there is no supporting evidence to suggest that the records are correct. Vague records (such as "Bumblebee" are not much use either as these don't actually constitute records at all!).
I hope this helps a bit!
Just in passing Stuart does BWARS have a CUK Centre Key for replicating to for Mapmate users or in the alternative via VC recorder , data for VC's could be very quickly accumulated although I would imaging not all VC recorders could live with computers :-) But it would be interesting maybe to take a quick poll of the state of play ? All my Hymenoptera are in so far as possible Photographed and ID'd but checking is always advised , and point noted in the time needed , albeit as an interim Notable species could be quickly identified to begin with
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