Froglife’s new and improved Dragon Finder app is here. The app helps you to identify amphibians and reptiles, find out more about individual species and submit a record of your sighting. Collecting records is a vital first step in wildlife conservation. This data provides the evidence needed to protect important sites and alert us to population declines.
Dragon Finder app users will find all the great features of the original version but now with a simpler process for submitting your records, many technical improvements and compatibility with recent models of mobile phones. Existing users will simply be asked to update the app the next time they open it.
Froglife submit all the records collected through the Dragon Finder app to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) to be shared publicly on the NBN Atlas. Many of the improvements that we’ve made to the app and supporting database mean that the records are now in better shape to be submitted to this platform and local biodiversity record centres. In short this means that the records you submit are now even more valuable.
The Dragon Finder App was first launched in 2014 and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Amphibians and reptiles are the most threatened species globally and also the least recorded. For successful conservation of these fascinating creatures we need to understand their national distribution and population trends.
Froglife’s CEO, Kathy Wormald says “We are delighted to be launching this much needed new version of the app. To support Froglife’s work conserving UK amphibians and reptiles we ask everyone to download the app and submit their sightings”.