Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR)
CEDaR, Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, is the Local Records Centre for Northern Ireland, and facilitates the collection, collation, management and dissemination of biodiversity and geodiversity information for Northern Ireland and its coastal waters.
CEDaR is a partnership between Northern Ireland Environment Agency, National Museums Northern Ireland and the recording community of Northern Ireland.
Many individuals and groups within the recording community are members of the Environmental Recorder’s Group (ERG). Those individuals and organisations who directly supply CEDaR with their records to store on its databases are known as satellite sites – there are more than twenty such sites.
CEDaR uses Recorder 6 to hold all terrestrial and freshwater records.
CEDaR currently holds the following number of records:
Terrestrial and freshwater: 2,044,147 (on Recorder 6)
Marine: 136,029 (on Marine Recorder)
Other databases: 17,000+
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CEDaR has several recording forms available for submitting your records online including:
- General wildlife recording - submit single sightings of species or enter a list of records for a site.
- Squirrel Survey - for Red & Grey Squirrels along with Pine Martens.
- Cuckoo Survey - help in recording what is for many the distinctive sound of Spring – the call of the cuckoo.
Any feedback about this facility is welcome and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on how to access the data held by CEDaR can be found in the Information Service section of this website.
Training and Events
The 2014 CEDaR Training Programme has been published. Please check the Training and Events page for details.
Grant Scheme - ERG Fund
This grant is available to members of the Environmental Recorder’s Group. Membership of ERG is free. Find out how to join the Environmental Recorders' Group.
Find out more about BioBlitz 2014 which was held on 23-24 May at Glenarm Castle Estate, County Antrim.
CEDaR provides help and advice about bats. Enquiries range from a general interest to dealing with fear of bats, requests for talks and advice on the bats or their roosts.
Partners and Projects
One of CEDaR’s core objectives is to facilitate recording projects or initiatives, normally five each year. These projects are typically partnerships between a number of funders and members of the wider recording community.