The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

A hoverfly (Myathropa florea)
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Wildlife Surveys

TWIC currently runs four wildlife surveys. These surveys focus on easy to identify but usually under-recorded species. These surveys are open to everyone. By submitting your sightings to TWIC you are helping us better understand the distribution of these organisms and to provide the evidence-base for their conservation. Click on the links below to find out more about a particular survey.


Hedgehog Survey

Spots & Stripes Survey

Record a Raptor

Scottish Spider Search

Photographs from left: Hedgehog © Bryan T Wormly Photography 2009, CA2 PA1 PC0: www.exposingthewild.com. Badger © Chris Sydes. Kestrel © Dean Bricknell Photography, www.deanbricknellphotography.com. Four-spotted Orbweb Spider © Chris Cathrine.


Request wildlife survey postcards to distribute

If you would like to request postcards for any of our four wildlife surveys to distribute at visitor centres, reserves or other public places, please email twicvolunteer@wildlifeinformation.co.uk, with the Subject of your email set to “Postcard request”, and tell us: how many postcards you require, from which survey and the name and address that the postcards should be delivered to. We can mail up to 300 postcards free of charge. If you require larger quantities, please arrange to collect them from the TWIC office or we may be able to drop them off for you. Donations towards postage costs and running costs for surveys are welcome.

Note that we are only interested in receiving records for the TWIC area (see this map for the are we cover; PDF, 1 page, 6.99 MB) with the exception of the Scottish Spider Search which covers all of Scotland.

Survey posters can be downloaded from the website by following the links to the individual survey pages above.


TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.