Glasgow Museums Biological Records Centre

Our data is used to inform academic research, planning applications, and wildlife conservation.
Photograph showing a small tortoiseshell butterfly, Aglais Urticae

GMBRC has been based in Glasgow Life Museums since the 1980s. We collect, validate and manage wildlife data for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

We make this data available to help decision making about the environment. This includes sharing data with businesses, local authorities, recording groups, and the public. Our data is used to inform academic research, planning applications, and national and local wildlife conservation.

The local authority areas we cover are:

  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Inverclyde
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • parts of Argyll & Bute (mainly VC 99)

GMBRC is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres.

Share your sightings

All biological records are valuable. Whether it’s a rare spider or a common garden bird every record helps to build an understanding of species distribution and wildlife health.

Sending wildlife records in directly

You can send Glasgow Museums Biological Records Centre your records by completing the GMBRC recording word document form and emailing it to It is helpful if you can include a photograph of the plant or animal you saw to help us confirm the record.

If you have a lot of biological records, or want to use an excel sheet, you can complete the general recording excel form and email it to the same address.

You can read our privacy notice online.

Recording online

There are several online systems for wildlife recording. We recommend iRecord, managed by The Biological Records Centre, which is free to use. It can be used as a phone app or in a web browser. 

Records submitted to iRecord are made available to GMBRC.

Request wildlife data

We are currently closed for data requests.

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