Fish, Tanks and Ponds

Fish, Tanks and Ponds
A comprehensive guide to fish

Recording your finds

Gem anemone
Gem anemone


Lots of wildlife trusts rely on people to report their findings in order to keep their records up to date and to monitor changes. It also allows us to build up a picture about the range of species in an area and their numbers. All sightings are important not just the rare or alien species. I reported one particular find of a fish which is surprisingly common in the area that I found it and upon reporting it I was informed that the fish hadn't been reported from that area since 1903 (108 years). This doesn't mean the fish was absent from the area, just that no one had bothered to report it.

This is important stuff, it only takes a few minutes and it really does help.

What to note

  • The species, preferably with photos.
  • Numbers found
  • The location
  • Type of environment that it was found in
  • The weather
  • The date

If you can take some photos of the immediate location then so much the better. Basically the more information that you can provide the better.

Who to report the findings to
There are local wildlife trust for almost every region in the UK. They all have websites and usually a form to fill out for any wildlife sightings.
The your local wildlife trust website is here: (your local trust)