Millipede Recording Scheme

Millipede Recording Scheme Organiser: Paul Lee

The millipede recording scheme was established in 1970 to collate biological records of all species of Diplopoda found in Britain & Ireland. From its inception the recording scheme collected habitat information alongside the species records such that a large database of ecological data now exists on the group. An analysis of the ecological data collected to that point was undertaken in the publication of the Atlas of the Millipedes (Diplopoda) of Britain and Ireland (Lee, 2006).

The scheme organiser welcomes all records of millipedes. All records, even those for common species or those that don’t add new ‘dots’ to the maps, are valuable. Records accompanied by ecological information are especially welcome as this can only lead to better understanding of the conservation needs of our species.

New contributors to the scheme are most welcome and support and guidance with collection, preservation of specimens and identification will be offered where required.

The scheme organiser is pleased to receive British records millipedes. Records may be submitted on recording cards or in electronic spreadsheets. Records are used to produce distribution maps for each species.

The scheme organiser is 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 sheme organiser will only normally deal with British material, he may be able to help with some specimens collected in other countries but please do not send these without checking first.