Writing down the plants and animals seen in an area is useful to identify what is there now. The record could be a single chance sighting of a rare species or a more comprehensive list of species found. Compiling a list means there is a baseline of data against which we can compare future changes. To help protect threatened flora and fauna we need to learn about their needs, behaviour, abundance and location where they occur. Do not hesitate to write down what you know and observe, and to share it with people who have been given the task of answering some of these questions.
To report what is seen, we must first record it in some way.