Sharing data with the NBN Atlas

Recording schemes and projects that make use of iRecord can choose to send their data direct from iRecord to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas. We supply updates to the NBN Atlas on a regular (usually two-monthly) basis using an automated export process. In many cases these include records added via iNaturalistUK. (Not all schemes choose to send data direct to the NBN Atlas from iRecord, as some prefer to manage iRecord data via their own databases, and the flow to the NBN Atlas goes from them rather than direct from iRecord, enabling many more records to be shared.)

At September 2020, over 2.3 million records have been shared directly from iRecord to the NBN Atlas. Schemes and projects that are currently providing regular updates from iRecord to the NBN Atlas are shown below (last updated at 6 March 2023):

Most of the above datasets are filtered to include only records marked as "Accepted", but some schemes and projects also share unverified records, which are clearly flagged as such within the NBN Atlas. BRC also supplies unverified data to NBN Atlas for some species groups that are not currently covered by a national recording scheme:

Many thanks to the verifiers and organisations involved in making the above data accessible via the NBN Atlas, and thanks of course to all who have added records to iRecord in the first place. Thanks also to Natural England for funding some of the development work for the automated export process, and to the NBN for their assistance.

If you are involved with a recording scheme or project and would like to make use of the regular updates from iRecord to the NBN Atlas please contact us via