Argyll Biological Records Centre (ABReC)

argyllshire-vc98For biological recording purposes, Britain is divided into a number of regions each having their own Biological Records Centre. The Biological Records Centre for vice-county 98, Main Argyll, is run by Lorn Natural History Group. The records in our database are placed on the National Biodiveristy Network and made available to Scottish Natural Heritage and other statutory bodies, so that they can be taken into account when planning proposals are being considered or sites are assessed for environmental protection.

We welcome all records no matter how common the species. The distribution maps for many species in Argyll are misleading due to the lack of data. This can only be corrected if people send in records of what they see.


Map of VC98

Our Recording Area (VC98) Main Argyll

The data is concentrated in VC98 Main Argyll, and particularly in the Lorn area. The geographical distribution of data is uneven as it reflects the localities where recorders are active, but an effort is made to cover the whole of VC98, and places which have few records are deliberately targeted in order to improve the overall balance.

There is also some data from adjacent vice-counties and occasionally from further afield. The majority of records have 8-figure grid references but a number have 6- or 4-figure GR’s.

To make it easy for you to send all your records in one go, we will gladly accept records from outside our area. These will be passed on to the relevant local records centres.

The map below shows in white the area for which we are the official Records Centre.

The map is divided into 10 km squares (hectads), and the size of the dot in each square reflects the number of records we hold for locations within that square.


Size of dot Number of records
Largest >1000
Next largest 500-999
Medium 100-499
Next smallest 50-99
Smallest 0-49

The hectads with few records fit broadly into three categories.

  • Hectads that only contain a small amount of land in VC98. These are not a problem as the smaller number of records is to be expected.
  • The hectads NN13 and NN14, which, though not far from our most active recording areas as the crow flies, consist of land which is mostly very remote from the road network.
  • Hectads in Cowal and around Loch Fyne, where we do not as yet have many people sending in sightings.

Please help us make the dots bigger in all the squares!

How to send in records

There is information on how to submit your records to us on our Submit a record page.

Other recording schemes

As well as placing the records on the NBN, we will pass them on to the relevant taxonomic recording scheme, e.g. Butterfly Conservation, British Dragonfly Society, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, etc. If you have already sent your records to one of these schemes it is still important to send a copy to your local records centre (that’s us!) so that the records are available where needed. Many taxonomic recording schemes take years to put their records on the NBN, or do not do so at all. Environmental consultants do not approach all the dozens of different taxonomic recording schemes for data, they normally just ask the local records centre to supply the records they hold.

If you are sending us records which you have already sent to a taxonomic recording scheme, then by informing us of this you can ensure that we don’t re-send them to that particular scheme.

Number of contributors

No less than 74 different observers contributed records to our dataset in 2014. We thank them all for their valuable contribution, and look forward to further records from both new and existing observers.