Link to maps. TRY! - the Recorder's Year  

'The Recorder's Year' features species to be looked for from spring through the year.

Each species has been selected because it is

  • readily and confidently identifiable;
  • easily found, in at least parts of Highland (often in gardens, and always in easily accessible habitats);
  • under-recorded, so that new information will be easily obtained.
TRY! targets, and their seasons
  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
A tachinid fly                        
Bee-fly                        
Celandine rusts                        
St Mark's Fly                        
Noon-fly                        
Bird Cherry Fungal Gall                        
Orange-spot Piercer                        
Birch Felt-mite Gall                        
Shieldbug Fly                        
Laburnum Leaf-miner                        
Bee Beetle                        
Alder galls                        
Hawthorn Shieldbug                        
Heather Fly                        
Spiked Shieldbug                        
Oak Knopper Gall                        
Holly Leaf Gall Fly                        
Holly Speckle Fungus                        
New Zealand Flatworm                        

Links in the table are to .pdf files which can be printed out at A5 size for easy use in the field.  Right-click and choose 'Save target as ...' or the equivalent in your browser to save them.  Click the image at the top of the page to see current maps on NBN Gateway.

The entire set can be downloaded here (.pdf file, 1.5Mb).

Records can be submitted in various ways - see the Submitting records page.  If in doubt, take a photograph or a sample and pass it to one of the HBRG Committee for confirmation. 

So, over the next year TRY! to find each of the targets.  Some will be in your garden, others on your favourite walk, some you may not find until you take a trip to another part of the area, but all should be within the abilities of anyone to find and identify.  Then, please remember to report what you find.

The excellent Scottish Fungi website also runs a 'Fungus of the Month' feature, so visit that site for ideas as well.

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