Step-By-Step Guide

Step-by-step guide

1. Register with us as a Wildlife Surveyor

2. Login to iRecord and choose a section of path to survey along.

If you're not already registered on iRecord, you'll need to do this before you can take part in the survey. iRecord is a website run by the Biological Records Centre where our project data will be uploaded. Go to to register.

Make sure you are logged in to iRecord, then visit our survey page to find paths that are in need of surveying this year.

3. Make sure you can tell Sphagnum from other mosses

Make sure you can tell Sphagnum apart from other mosses. Check our Sphagnum ID guidance webpage for identification resources and links. If you would like to you can book on to one of our free Sphagnum training courses.

4. Gather the things you will need to take with you on your survey

Download a survey guide which will tell you how to conduct the survey and the information you need to collect, and a recording form to take out with you on your survey. Download a habitats guide.

If you have one, we recommend you  take a GPS unit or a smartphone with a GPS app to accurately record the location of Sphagnum patches.

You will also need to take a map of the survey area with you to help you find your survey location and to record the locations of any Sphagnum patches you see. This could be a satellite image, for example from Google Maps, or a paper copy of an Ordnance Survey map. Take a camera if you have one for photographing any Sphagnum patches you find.

5. Carry out your survey

Walk along your chosen path and fill in your recording form as you go.

6. Submit your results using our iRecord portal

Please do this whether or not you saw any Sphagnum patches - it is vital to know where Sphagnum isn't found as well as where it is! For full details of how to do this, see our submit results page. If you need help using iRecord you can download our guidance or watch our video guides



Please note: While carrying out this survey you do so entirely at your own risk. Moors for the Future do not accept any liability or responsibility for the well-being of surveyors or damage/loss of their property. Download our Health and Safety Guidelines here.

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