Putting some meaning in to the status of species in species lists and distribution maps:
These notes should be read in conjunction with the general notes on species lists on the previous page.
Species lists are intended to help you enjoy your visit to a reserve by giving you some idea what to expect or by helping you identify a species you saw on your visit. The distribution maps are intended to help you find a particular species you may want to see. In addition to when a species was seen on a reserve I also try to give some idea as to how scarce or common that species is with a general status comment. This is based on an impression formed during a visit, not through any formal count or statistical assessment!
From the 1st January 2015 I am going to try and be a bit more consistent with these status estimates and I am also going to try and 'segment' larger reserves by habitat type to give an idea of where species may be seen within the whole site. Status comments for records from the 1st January 2015 onwards will use the following basis for assessment:
ANIMALS (Mammals through to lower invertebrates)
PLANTS: (Flowers through to fungi)
Just a note about the date of the record. This may not be the last time I saw the species on that reserve, it was the date where the population status was as shown.
I say again, the status is just an estimate to give you some idea as to the scarcity or abundance of a species in a particular place. If you are looking for a particular species then head for somewhere it most abundant!