Scheme Organiser: Steve Gregory
The Non-marine Isopod Recording Scheme was established in 1968 to collate biological records of all species of Terrestrial Woodlice (suborder Oniscidea) and the Aquatic Waterlice (or water-slaters) (suborder Asellota). An analysis of the ecological data for woodlice was undertaken for the publication of the Woodlice in Britain and Ireland (Harding & Sutton, 1985). Further distributional data is presented in the updated atlas Woodlice and Waterlice in Britain and Ireland (Gregory, 2009). An account of the first 50 years of the Isopod Survey Scheme is given by co-founder Paul Harding (2018) “per isopoda ad astra” (through Isopoda to the stars).
The recording scheme also collates records for the Landhopper Arcitalitrus dorrieni (also known as the Woodhopper or Lawn Shrimp) since it is the only British Amphipod to penetrate inland (the rest are marine or supralittoral).
The scheme welcomes records for all species of woodlice, waterlice or landhoppers. Many of the records presented in the current distribution atlas (Gregory, 2009) are twenty-five years old and are in urgent need of updating. All records, even those for common species or those that don’t add new ‘dots’ to the maps, are valuable. Records may be submitted on recording cards or in electronic spreadsheets, those accompanied by ecological information are especially welcome as this can only lead to better understanding of the conservation needs of our species. Records may also be submitted via iRecord (BRC's website for collating species records), but please include an image of the specimen to enable verification.
New contributors to the scheme are most welcome and support and guidance with collection, preservation of specimens and identification will be offered where required. Scheme organisers are usually happy to check the identity of individual specimens but please do not send large collections of material without prior agreement. (Please ensure that specimens are sent in appropriate containers that will not be damaged or broken in the post.)
The scheme organisers will only normally deal with British material, but may be able to help with some specimens collected in other countries. Please do not send these without checking first.