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Gloucestershire Moth Record Editor
Do not forget to save the records as a file on your computer:
- Move the mouse pointer into the record text area at the top and left-click to focus there
- Press [CTRL] A to select all the text (including what is not currently visible)
- Press [CTRL] C (or right-click and choose Copy) to copy the selected text to the clipboard
- Start a copy of WordPad or Notepad and paste the text into it
([CTRL] V or the Paste option under the Edit menu)
- Use the "Save As" option under the File menu to save the records in a text file
(Save as type: "Text Document (*.txt)" in WordPad)
- Alternatively you can paste the record text into a new blank spreadsheet and it should use the TAB characters
to split the fields into spreadsheet columns. If you save as a normal spreadsheet file then this editor would not
be able to read it, but it should be able to read a spreadsheet saved as type "Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt)"
- The fastest way to select some species with two-word common names is to enter the last letter
from the first word, space and the first letter from the second word, e.g. "n c" gives 15
matches including Common Carpet (also Garden Carpet and Green Carpet).
The matching is not case-sensitive
- Scientific and Common names are from the Agassiz, Beavan and Heckford 2013 checklist, as
amended by subsequent papers in the Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation.
All the main list species plus those adventives & rare migrants already having Glos. maps
- The first time you use this editor, enter just a few records then save them to a file as above,
then check that loading the file does not produce an error message
- When entering many records, save them repeatedly during this process rather than waiting
until all are entered, to avoid accidental loss of all the input data e.g. if you close the
browser without saving the records
- After saving records part-way through, you can erase them all (and the header) from the text area
so that your next save only has new records rather than including those already saved.
The erase must be enabled using the checkbox before the button is clicked, to prevent accidental erasure
- To avoid accidentally overwriting an existing record file, you can include
today's date or a new version number in the file name
- You can use WordPad or Notepad and copy/paste to
merge several record files into a single combined file, but only keep the header
line from the first file
- You can use the text find function in these programs to quickly find
records of a particular species (or unwanted header lines)
- You can also use these programs to make and save edit changes to a record
within a file, but be careful to keep all the TAB characters separating the
- The tetrad map shows records to 2016
for the selected species - there are no maps for aggregate species.
The maps can help you identify the most significant records in the county context as you enter your records,
and also those most likely to need supporting evidence to be accepted (e.g. good photo or kept specimen).
For more information on a species select it on the
Gloucestershire Moth Distribution Maps page
- When the grid reference is 1Km or smaller-scale, the corresponding tetrad on the map is shown
by the intersection of pairs of horizontal and vertical orange lines over the map
after the grid reference box loses input focus (after a click elsewhere on the form)
Disclaimer: Use this moth record editor at your own risk! There is a built-in limit of 25,000
records but it has not yet been tested with more than a few.
Page last revised April 2017