Alphabet Recording Challenge

Looking for a new challenge for the new year?

There are 52 weeks in the year and 26 letters in the alphabet. Coincidence? Actually I have no idea if it is or not, but it does suit this particular challenge rather neatly!

The Alphabet Recording Challenge is designed to get you thinking about recording things that you might otherwise not bother to. But only if the name fits the current week!

So the idea is to record as many species as you can that have that week's letter as an initial letter. In week 1 (1st - 7th January), we would be looking for records of species that start with an A. Alder, Red Admiral, Hazel (Corylus avellana) and Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) all score one point in week 1. Week 2 will be all about the letter B. And so on! Please note that you only get one point per species per week, regardless of how many parts of the name qualify that species! In the event of a tie in scores we may take these 'bonuses' into account - so don't record the subspecies of Carrion Crow (Covrus corone subsp. corone) just because you think you might get 5 points!

Accepted names will be those used by SEWBReCORD and the LERC Wales app (i.e the iRecord species dictionary). So beware of name changes - what you might recognise as Brachythecium may now be in Homalothecium not be acceptable in week 2, but would be fine in week 8!

Scores will be calculated based on submissions via SEWBReCORD and the LERC Wales app, and publicised on social media.

Full list of weeks and letters:

A = Week 1 (01/01/2020 - 07/01/2020)

B = Week 2 (08/01/2020 - 14/01/2020)

C = Week 3 (15/01/2020 - 21/01/2020)

D = Week 4 (22/01/2020 - 28/01/2020)

E = Week 5 (29/01/2020 - 04/02/2020)

F = Week 6 (05/02/2020 - 11/02/2020)

G = Week 7 (12/02/2020 - 18/02/2020)

H = Week 8 (19/02/2020 - 25/02/2020)

I = Week 9 (26/02/2020 - 03/03/2020)

j = Week 10 (04/03/2020 - 10/03/2020)

K = Week 11 (11/03/2020 - 17/03/2020)

L = Week 12 (18/03/2020 - 24/03/2020)

M = Week 13 (25/03/2020 - 31/03/2020)

N = Week 14 (01/04/2020 - 07/04/2020)

O = Week 15 (08/04/2020 - 14/04/2020)

P = Week 16 (15/04/2020 - 21/04/2020)

Q = Week 17 (22/04/2020 - 28/04/2020)

R = Week 18 (29/04/2020 - 05/05/2020)

S = Week 19 (06/05/2020 - 12/05/2020)

T = Week 20 (13/05/2020 - 19/05/2020)

U = Week 21 (20/05/2020 - 26/05/2020)

V = Week 22 (27/05/2020 - 02/06/2020)

W = Week 23 (03/06/2020 - 09/06/2020)

X = Week 24 (10/06/2020 - 16/06/2020)

Y = Week 25 (17/06/2020 - 23/06/2020)

Z = Week 26 (24/06/2020 - 30/06/2020)

A = Week 27 (01/07/2020 - 07/07/2020)

B = Week 28 (08/07/2020 - 14/07/2020)

C = Week 29 (15/07/2020 - 21/07/2020)

D = Week 30 (22/07/2020 - 28/07/2020)

E = Week 31 (29/07/2020 - 04/08/2020)

F = Week 32 (05/08/2020 - 11/08/2020)

G = Week 33 (12/08/2020 - 18/08/2020)

H = Week 34 (19/08/2020 - 25/08/2020)

I = Week 35 (26/08/2020 - 01/09/2020)

j = Week 36 (02/09/2020 - 08/09/2020)

K = Week 37 (09/09/2020 - 15/09/2020)

L = Week 38 (16/09/2020 - 22/09/2020)

M = Week 39 (23/09/2020 - 29/09/2020)

N = Week 40 (30/09/2020 - 06/10/2020)

O = Week 41 (07/10/2020 - 13/10/2020)

P = Week 42 (14/10/2020 - 20/10/2020)

Q = Week 43 (21/10/2020 - 27/10/2020)

R = Week 44 (28/10/2020 - 03/11/2020)

S = Week 45 (04/11/2020 - 10/11/2020)

T = Week 46 (11/11/2020 - 17/11/2020)

U = Week 47 (18/11/2020 - 24/11/2020)

V = Week 48 (25/11/2020 - 01/12/2020)

W = Week 49 (02/12/2020 - 08/12/2020)

X = Week 50 (09/12/2020 - 15/12/2020)

Y = Week 51 (16/12/2020 - 22/12/2020)

Z = Week 52 (23/12/2020 - 31/12/2020)