Changes to online forms – ID photographs

To facilitate robust validation of marine records our online forms will now only accept records submitted with a photograph. While we realise that this may slow your recording down a little we ask for your understanding in that we deal with potentially thousands of marine records covering many hundreds of species and groups. To make sure that we can validate these records we must have enough information to validate them, and a photograph is by far the best way for us to do this.

I am happy to say that most recorders are already submitting records with photos and most of them are brilliant!… enabling us to validate your record immediately. For those somewhat trickier groups we will often forward your records onto an expert for identification and your record photos make this process a whole lot smoother.

Luckily for us as marine recorders, most inter-tidal species are very photo friendly in that they don’t tend to move too much!

To take a good species record shot get as close as you can, make sure your photo is in focus! and well lit, and take a photo of enough of the animal or plant to enable us identify it. Some example species record shots are shown below.


Image Credits: Flat Periwinkles – Dave Wall; Serrated Wrack – Stemonitis/Wikimedia Commons; Barnacles – Mo Riza/Flickr; Striped Venus – Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons

Although our app still allows submission of records without photos, we would ask you please to submit a photo or your record may not pass the validation process. If you have any questions or queries relating to this change please email me at [email protected]