Why aren't my records being verified?


An increasingly large proportion of records on iRecord are being checked by recording scheme verifiers, but we do not have active verifiers for all species groups and for all geographical areas, and most people find that some of their records remain unverified for long periods of time.

We understand the disappointment that people feel when their records don't get verified. Verification is carried out by volunteer experts; we are enormously grateful to the people that do this, and we hope that it assists the flow of new records for recording schemes and projects. The number of verifiers on iRecord is increasing, but we recognise that not all recording schemes have the time or inclination to get involved.

There are a number of reasons why records may not receive prompt verification on iRecord, including:

  • there may not (yet) be a recording scheme scheme that covers the species group in question
  • there is a scheme but it's not active on iRecord
  • there is a scheme and it is active but it is only able to verify data in batches once or twice a year

Even where there isn't an active scheme carrying out verification, there are still good reasons for adding records to iRecord: once added they are safely stored by the Biological Records Centre and will be available to a recording scheme in future, and all records added directly to iRecord are immediately available to local environmental records centres even if unverified (with suitable caveats).

Also, iRecord does provide a free-to-use biological recording package, with standard species lists, map interface for grid references etc., from which you can download your own records as spreadsheets, so it is a useful resource for recorders even without the added benefits of verification. Downloaded spreadsheets can be passed on to recording schemes who aren't active on iRecord. (You can download your records by going to the "Explore" menu and choosing "Download".)