Recording the wildlife of Islay, Jura and Colonsay


These webpages allow you to browse the existing records of the wildlife (animals and plants) of these three Inner Hebridean islands. We would also encourage you to contribute your own records to make the dataset more complete.
At the bottom of the page you will find forms which you can complete online and then send to us, or you can print them off and either post them or e-mail them at a later time.

One project which we are running at the moment is concentrating on the commoner and widespread species. While we know quite a lot about the numbers and distribution of many of the larger and more obvious species, for example the geese, the waders, seabirds and birds of prey, our knowledge of these common and widespread species is very patchy. As part of this project, we are asking residents of the three islands to record what you can see in your garden. There is a form for records solely from your garden, while we would also request that you provide us with a simple description of your garden on a second form so that your sightings can be put into context.

In order to make sure that these species continue to flourish on the islands, it is necessary to know how many there are and where they are, including at different times of year. So every sighting of a bird, mammal, butterfly or dragonfly can help.

Click here for our species A-Z

The Islay Natural History Trust is grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for generously grant-aiding this project. This includes a 12-page booklet "Recording Wildlife on Islay, Jura and Colonsay" with colour photographs of the commoner small birds of gardens, farmland and woodland, as well as all the mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies which you are likely to see on the three islands. You can see a copy or download it using this link Recording Wildlife booklet.

Please note that this is very much work in progress and that we are planning regular updates to the database, both with new records of existing species and with new groups of species.

Recording Forms:
Garden Records PDF for download Online Submission
Casual Records PDF for download Online Submission