Browsing records

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See records submitted by other users. Options differ on each local portal and depending on your rights, contributions and registration (see diagram below).

Registered user with special rights

All data allowed with that right


Registered user with enough data

All public data available via Search engine


Registered user with not enough data

15 Last days

Advanced statistics


Unregistered user

5 Last days

Basic statistics

As an unregistered user

Unregistered users have access to some records in the database, but are limited to the last 5 days. Besides, they have limited access to the information associated to these records. Registered users, on the other hand, can access records going back to a month, and can see all the information associated to these records, unless they are hidden by the observer or by the system (i.e. in case of sensitive areas or species).

Statistics are available to both registered and unregistered users, but unregistered users only have access to very basic ones. Access statistics as an unregistered user at Main menu on the left column > Explore > Stats > General stats. They represent aggregated data of the number of submitted records.

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Browsing records as an unregistered user.

1. Browsing records from latest sightings.
2. Browsing records from Explore tab.
3. Browsing records from SEARCH button.
4. Statistics for unregistered users.

To learn how to become a registered user, see wiki section Web interface > Getting started > Registration.

From latest sightings

Find a list of recent sightings on the home screen. Use the horizontal bar with the taxa to see the sightings associated to the selected taxonomic group and observations will be listed underneath starting by the most recent one. Anonymous users cannot access more detailed information than otherwise displayed here.

For an advanced search, go to display latest sightings under the latest sightings section (see image Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'latest sightings'). You can access the same search tool by going to Main menu on homescreen > Explore > the past 5 days, or by clicking on the SEARCH button on the main screen. Without registration you cannot access records older than 5 days.

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Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'latest sightings'.

1. Advanced search
2. Choose taxa

From Explore tab or Search button

From home screen, go to the left hand column and click on the past 5 days under Explore tab (see image Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'Explore tab'). Clicking the Search button on homescreen will show the same results.

Taxonomic group

Select the taxonomic group by using the top bar. Place pointer on the silhouette to see which taxa it represents.


Choose the level of raritiy you want to display (see wiki section Web interface > Codes and symbols). To select more than one option, hold down the CTRL key.


Select the area where you want to see the records by clicking on its code, and it will turn orange. Place mouse pointer on top to see which area each number represents. By default all areas are selected. To choose more than one area, hold CTRL and click on new area. To see a list of codes and their correspondence, go to wiki section Web interface > Codes and symbols.


If you wish, choose a restriction, such as records with a sound or picture file attached only.

After applying filters a list with the results will appear (see image Browsing records anonymously from Explore tab or Search button, 1).

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Browsing records anonymously from Explore tab or Search button.

1. Results

As a registered user

A registered user will benefit from more possibilities of browsing records than an unregistered user, after logging in. For example, they can

  • display latest sightings of the past 15 days,
  • display new sightings for the past 5 days,
  • browse own records,
  • download own records (note only users with special rights can download other data1),
  • display own records on maps, like GoogleEarth,
  • access additional data and statistics for records and observers.

Depending on the local portal you use, you may need to be an active observer with a minimum of submitted data to be allowed access to the search engine tool.

To register, see wiki section Web interface > Getting started > Registration.

1More information on users with special rights at Useful information > User's access rights.

From latest sightings

Information on the right hand column is centred on the user's registered area, including latest sightings at the bottom of the column. A registered user can either display latest sightings (for the past 15 days) or display new sightings (for the last 5 days) for advanced searches (see image below, encircled); both options lead to the search engine (see image Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'Explore tab').

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Browsing records as a registered user form latest sightings. Advanced search.

A registered user can also access additional details for the records at this stage (see image Browsing records as a registered user form latest sightings).

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Browsing records as a registered user form latest sightings.

1. Display text: if clicking on icon 1, you are shown a summary of the observation as in image Summary of observation.

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Summary of observation.

Date / Site: Location the observation took place.
Number / Species: Species and number of individuals observed.
Author: Observer.
Confirmed by: Field used when the observation requires validation. See wiki section Various > Data validation for more information.
Detail: Number of individuals per each age/sex category, if available.
Atlas code: Atlas code associated to the observation. See wiki section Various > Breeding evidence matching for correspondence of codes.
Permalink: Direct link to the observation. If you want to share this observation with others, copy and paste the link to share.

Depending on the portal and the rights you have as a user, you may see a + symbol under the link. This duplicates the data on your own name, but does not duplicate the position, comment and attached files.

2. Sightings of species: clicking on icon 2 you can directly access all observations for this species during the past 15 days in any region. You can apply filters such as if the entry contains files, or the observation is yours (see image Browsing records as a registered user from latest sightings. List).

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Browsing records as a registered user from latest sightings. List.

3. Sightings of species: returns all observations during the past 15 days for this species on a map. You can apply filters and change the map base layer (see image Browsing records as a registered user from latest sightings. Map).

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Browsing records as a registered user from latest sightings. Map.

4. Statistics for the species.
Access the same data and graphs from Main menu > Explore > Stats > Species stats > Info by species.

See some examples of information you may visualise:

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Annual relative frequency of species

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Relative weekly frequency of species.

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Records grouped by week.

Visit wiki section Web interface > Local portal > Statistics > Species stats > Info by species for more information.

5. By clicking on the observer name you can access his/her personal card and media gallery, as in wiki section Web interface > Getting started > My account > Website customisation > Personal card (see image Birder details).

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Birder details.

From Search button

Availability of that option depends on Local Portal.

After registering, click on Search at the top of the home screen (see image Browsing records as a registered user from search button).

This brings you to Database maps.


Browsing records as a registered user from search button.

From Explore tab

Database maps

As in Search button above.

All observations registered on the local portal are presented in overlapping layers. The user can choose which criteria to represent.

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Database maps. Search.

1. Choose a type
2. Choose a species
3. Choose a colorization
4. Choose a layer
5. Choose a timeframe
6. Display

Search by any of the following criteria or a combination of many:

1. Choose type

Click on the section to open a panel with possibilities. Choose if you want to visualise real time data or archive data.

2. Choose a species

Click on the section to open a panel with options. Choose which species to visualise, or select all of them, by:

  • Typing the species name on the field provided (number 7 in image below), or
  • Selecting a taxonomic group on the horizontal bar on top (8a in the image below) and selecting the species from the list below (8b in mage below). Use the arrows next to the taxonomic groups to move through all possibilities. Use the vertical bar next to species name to see the full list. See correspondence of icons by placing your pointer on top or at wiki section Various > Taxonomic references.

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Database maps. Species.

7. Type species name.
8. Select taxonomic group (8a) and species name (8b).

3. Choose a colorization

Choose the significance of colour intensity. It may represent:

  • Atlas code
  • Number of species
  • Number of records
  • Number of observers
  • Number of records entered by lists
  • Date of records submission

4. Choose a layer

Choose a geographic layer to show results.

See how different layers may display. In the following examples only the layer differs from each search: Departments on the left, Wetlands on the right.

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Results grouped by departments. Example.

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Results grouped by wetlands. Example.

5. Choose a timeframe

Choose starting and finishing date for the data to visualise.


6. Display

When all filters have been selected, choose Display to see the data along with its colorization legend (see example result below).

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Display maps. Results.

9. Legend

The past 5 days

As in right hand column on main screen -latest sightings- (see section Web interface > Browsing records > as an anonymous user, and image Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'Explore tab'). This list will show records according to the rarity level and region you selected in section Web interface > Getting started > My account > Website customisation > Customise the way sightings are displayed in lists. You can change parameters at any time under wiki section Web interface > Getting started > My account > Website customisation. Click Modify search for an advanced search (see wiki subsection Search engine), click News to see new records or My observations too see your observations, as in image Browsing records as a registered user. Own observations. Click on observer name to see their card (image Birder details). See correspondence of icons on the results area in image Browsing records as a registered user from latest sightings (see subsection Browsing records > as a registered user > from latest sightings).

Latest rare sightings

As in previous subsection, but showing only rare species for the pre-selected region.

Rare birds map

This tab opens the rarity map. On the right, hold and drag mouse to set the number of days you want to explore. Underneath will show the list of rarities registered during the selected days. Click on the species to see all records for that species. Click on the eye icon to show on map only records for this species. Click again on the eye to return to the default view (see image Rare birds map on list).

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Rare birds map on list.

Icons next to the record or the observer name act as on image Browsing records as an anonymous user from 'latest sightings' (see wiki section Browsing records > "As a registered user" > From Search button). Click on the site name to get information about the site. To move through the map see Web interface > Navigating the map. Click on any point on the map to get a list of rare records for this site (see image Rare birds map on map). Use icons and observer name as explained above.

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Rare birds map on map.

1. Opens panel
2. Closes panel

All my observations

This is a list of your own sightings. Choose the taxonomic group from the horizontal bar on top and the time frame. At this stage you can only choose between the last month and all data. To select a different time frame go to modify search (see Search engine below). Apply some filters under restriction, such as if the record has pictures attached, and see the results underneath. To see other options go to Search engine below. You can see all records submitted to the website since my last visit by selecting “Restrictions > News” (see image Browsing records as a registered user from Explore tab. Rare birds map). From this screen you can also export your data in different formats (see wiki section Web interface > Exporting your data, image Exporting your data). For a more advanced search, click on Modify search to go to the Search engine form (see next subsection).

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Browsing records as a registered user. Own observations.

Search engine

The search engine allows you advanced search.

It is available through: Menu > Explore > Search engine

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Search engine.

Taxonomic group

Select taxa to visualise from the top horizontal bar (see image Search engine. Taxonomic group and Period). Move along the bar to see all groups. Move the mouse pointer over the silhouettes to see correspondence.


Choose between seeing all records on the database, those between specific dates or during a certain part of the year, or those from the last few days. To ease the search, you have some quick access labels underneath the fields (see image Search engine. Taxonomic group and Period). Click Reset to change parameters, or Search to see results.

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Search engine. Taxonomic group and Period.


Choose from all species, a single one, or a full family; and the rarity level to be displayed.


Choose the site you want to see the records from. You can choose between the whole country, one or several counties, a specific site, an atlas square or a polygon. To choose a county, tick from the list. Hold CTRL and click to select more than a site. Use the quick keys on top of the menu to select (or unselect) all (see image Search engine. Site by county). To select a municipality, first select the county from the expandable menu, then the municipality (see image Search engine. Site by municipality). To select a site, first start writing the name on the left square, then choose from the expandable panel on the right (see image Search engine. Site by pre-determined site).

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Search engine. Site by county.

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Search engine. Site by municipality.

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Search engine. Site by pre-determined site.

To choose a polygon, select the corresponding option (see image Search engine. Site by polygon) and a map will appear underneath. To move across the map see section Web interface > Navigating the map. To select the area you want to see the records from, select the drawing icon (see image Search by polygon). Left click once on the map to start drawing and continue clicking in any of the angles. To end the polygon, double click at the last angle. To edit the polygon, select the editing icon on image Search by polygon. When clicking on the polygon, yellow dots will appear on all angles of the polygon, click and drag any to its new position. As you do so, new yellow dots will appear to help you draw the required shape. To finish editing, de-select the icon. To delete a polygon select the corresponding icon on the map (see image Search by polygon). Be careful, as it will delete without asking for confirmation. If you want to save the polygon for further searches, select the option below and enter a name.

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Search engine. Site by polygon.

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Search by polygon.

Other restrictions

Applies other specific search criteria such as if there is picture or not, select only records awaiting confirmation, by atlas code, etc.

Formatting results

Determines how you want to visualize the results or have an export file of it (when allowed).

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Search Engine, Formatting result tab

You can choose one of those option:

1: By list of data. Choose the order by date ascending or descending

2: As a file for export purpose. Choose the file format you want and the export template (to know more about export see Local portals> 10. Exporting your data)

3: As a list of species (you can choose between systematic, alphabetical or by count order) and you can choose to have a total of data or a total of individuals.

F.ex : user #1: 1 blackbird, user #2: 3 black birds, user #4: 10 black birds

total of data =3

total of individuals = 14

4: Do a summary: gives you a list of species seen and numbers for each ones.

5: By distribution graph: you can choose if you want to show the total of data, the total of birds or the total of number of species, and you can parameter if you want it displayed automatic or by day, pentade, decade, month or year.

6: By altitude graph: you can show by altitude the total of data or the total of birds and select the section you want (from 100m to 1000m)

7: By satellite picture, means by map. If no color is choosed, all the points are the same color or you can choose time progress or breeding.

To access your request click on SEARCH button or choose RESET to enter new search parameters.


Gives you access to the file collection, of both images and sound.

See wiki section Web interface > Gallery.

Note: images and examples are drawn from the French portal Faune-France. The design and position of some tools may vary slightly from portal to portal. To see a list of portals go to wiki section Local portals and partners.