History of the County Recorders
In this, the present system of Recorders differs from the 1885 arrangement, whereby local resident members, were expected to record observations in any discipline reported in their neighbourhoods, and this lapsed for want of support, as might have been expected.
The Recorders compile and maintain detailed records of Essex flora, fauna and geology (the Watsonian recording vice counties 18 and 19, including the London boroughs east of the River Lea). They welcome records from members, specialists and other naturalists and these should include species, date of observation, location and, where possible, a six-figure grid reference and any habitat or other relevant ecological data. They will also assist with identification and answer queries on their subjects but where a reply is necessary please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Now, in common with the Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex County Council country parks, the RSPB, the BSBI and the Spider Recording Scheme etc, the Club is encouraging the use of the MapMate biological recording and mapping software. If you are using MapMate for your biological records, then please send these on regular occasions using the MapMate synchronisation process.