Tuesday 23 July 2013

Smartphone Apps for Boaters (7)

The smartphone revolution continues and there are now applications to provide information to make your cruise more enjoyable. Now you can do your bit by recording the locations of ladybirds.

iRecord Ladybirds is one such Android smartphone application. (FREE)

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol have joined forces to help map species of ladybird within the UK. For hundreds of years people in Britain have been recording when and where they see plants, animals and other wildlife. The Biological Records Centre within the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology helps people to record many different species by working with national recording schemes.

The UK Ladybird Survey is a scheme. Launched in 1968, it collates and analyses records of ladybird species found across the UK, and maps their distributions. The information gathered is used by scientists to see how wildlife is changing due to factors such as climate change and the arrival of new species. Scientists could not do this work without the help of people across the UK, like you, reporting when and where they find a species.

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