Send us your wildlife sightings

Recording wildlife is an easy way to get involved in wildlife conservation. It is a way of helping us to monitor wildlife across the county to gain an understanding of an animal’s distribution. Your sightings can help us identify areas which are especially important for wildlife and identify species in decline or under threat.

Each season we ask you to help Norfolk's wildlife by sending us your sightings of three iconic species. You don't have to be an expert – all you need to do is tell us when and where you spot them. Use the form to record online, or phone or email us using the details below.

Our current total of wildlife records submitted for this survey are

Devil’s coach horse

Thick-legged flower beetle

Two-spot ladybird

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Sighting locations so far...


Devil’s coach horse
Thick-legged flower beetle
Two-spot ladybird
The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature. This year Wild about Gardens is focusing on beetles and have launched a campaign - Bringing Back Beetles! We thought it would be great to link this to our Spotter Survey and ask you to see if you can find three specific beetles in your garden and put them on the map.

How to spot a two-spot ladybird: 

The two-spot ladybird is usually red with two black spots on the wing cases, but it also comes in a variety of other colour forms, right through to black with two red spots. The only likely species that may cause confusion is the 10-spot ladybird, which is a similar size and variable in pattern. However, two-spot ladybirds have black legs, while 10-spot ladybirds have orange legs. 

How to spot a Devil’s coach horse:

A ferocious and fast predator, the Devil's coach horse beetle hunts invertebrates after dark in gardens and on grasslands. It is well-known for curling up its abdomen like the tail of a scorpion when defending itself. It is an all-black, medium-sized beetle, with large jaws and a tail that it holds cocked in a characteristic, scorpion-like position.

How to spot a Thick-legged flower beetle:

Measuring between 8 and 11mm in length, this striking metallic green beetle has wing cases that taper so that a gap grows between them towards the tips. Look out for the males who have swollen thighs, given this beetle its name. 
Devil’s coach horse
Devil's coach horses are voracious predators, emerging after dark to prey on other invertebra...
Thick-legged flower beetle
This showy bright metallic green beetle is truly eye catching. It is often found on plants from t...
Two-spot ladybird
Our most common ladybird, the black-on-red markings of the 2-spot ladybird are familiar to many o...
Beetles are a vital part of any wildlife garden. They will munch on garden insects like aphids and snails, whilst acting as food for our larger garden visitors such as hedgehogs and birds. Unfortunately, beetle populations are threatened by things like pesticides, habitat loss and climate change - but you can help! 

Download the FREE guide to Bringing Back Beetles in your own garden, with instructions for building your very own beetle bucket, beetle bank, or dead hedge. 

Take part in our Wildlife Spotter Survey and keep your eyes peeled for these three beetles. 

Two-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)

The two-spot ladybird has declined over the last decade, with one of the factors believed to be linked to the presence of the non-native harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). It is believed that the two-spot has declined in areas where the harlequin has become established.

Thick-legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis)

This showy bright metallic green beetle is not of conservation concern, in fact it may be increasing in number and range. Help us put your beetle on the map, we believe it may be found in many gardens, especially if you have plants from the Asteraceae family – wild or exotics.  Check out the petals of any of this family for example chrysanthemums, cosmos, dahlias, marigolds, burdock, cat’s ear or hawksbeard, you never know what you might find lurking.

Devil’s coach horse (Staphylinus olens)

The Devil's coach horse is a member of the rove beetle family, of which there are more than 1,000 species in the UK. Rove beetles are one of the most diverse families of animals on the planet: there are at least 46,000 species described so far, and many more still to be discovered. The Devil’s coach horse is found in gardens, look under stones or in a compost heap for this black beetle that look out for it curling up its abdomen like the tail of a scorpion if threatened.

Two-spot ladybird

  • The two-spot ladybird is our most common ladybird.
  • Both the adult and the larva feed on aphids, making them a friend to any gardener.
  • The female will lay eggs in batches of 40 at a time.
  • The two-spot ladybird is the one you are most likely to find indoors over winter.
  • In Norfolk ladybirds are also known as bishy barnabee.

Thick-legged flower beetle

  • Only the males have the swollen femora – hind legs.
  • Pollen is the main diet of the thick-legged flower beetle.
  • They are now expanding their range northwards through Britain, having once only been common in the south of the UK.
  • This beetle is part of the False Blister Beetle family, so called because their body fluids contain Cantharidin, a poisonous defence to predation.
  • The female lays her eggs in tree bark.

Devil’s coach horse

  • This beetle is a ferocious and fast predator, hunting invertebrates after dark.
  • If threatened they will curl up their abdomen like a scorpion and emit a foul smelling liquid. Beware, they can give a painful bite too.
  • When the larva are carnivorous.
  • The Devil’s coach horse is the largest of the rove beetles – so names because they are continually on the move.
  • There are many myths linked to this beetle with one being its ability to curse a person by pointing its upraised body in their direction.

Download the reports on our previous surveys

   Brown-hare,-barn-owl-and-common-frog-survey-April,-May-and-June-2015 Download   
   Hedgehog,-House-Martin-and-Red-Admiral-Survey-August-2015 Download   
   Water-vole,-grass-snake-and-Himalayan-balsam-survey-July-2015 Download   
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The quickest way to take part is by clicking on the submit button below. You will then be asked: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

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Phone Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Information Service on 01603 598333. Don’t forget you will need to tell us: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

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