Layout of the website

The Launceston Parish Wildlife website has a well-defined structure, but new members need some guidance to learn what the site has to offer and how to find their way about. This page explains what each of the primary links connect to. The final New Member's page presents the most common uses of the site for a member of a parish group.

Most of the site is available to visit without logging in, as described below. Logging in is required to add information to the website and to view a member's own personal data and is described separately- see Using the site

website main menu

Home
Provides access to the latest document on what wildlife to look for in the current quarter
Provides access to the latest Wildlife News added through the forum Discuss
Shows the next 5 Events and reports on the last 3 Events
Shows a random selection of the good quality images taken by members
Provides a User Login for members

Launceston Area Overview will eventually provide maps of the geographic area and bring together all the information learned from the individual communities taking part locally as well as information relevant to the group as a whole, such as Book and Equipment Inventories.

Parishes & Groups is where a member can find out about all the Parishes, other Local Groups and Study Groups that are part of this study.
Clicking on this produces an introduction listing all the groups. Select the group you are subscribed to, or interested in, and find out details of geography, habitat, images, activities including the Wildlife Diary and lists of species recorded by the group. You can download your wildlife diary and help notes from here.

The Launceston Wildlife Group of U3A and the Tavistock local branch of Devon Wildlife Trust and North Petherwin Primary School were covered as Other Local Groups as part of a Heritage Lottery Study, just completed. They will continue with us throughout 2009, at least.

Study Groups are found in the final area or sub menu and they currently include bats, birds, moths, mammals & plants. These relect the current interests of the Groups as a whole. The provide an opportunity for members from any Parish or Local Group to develop their knowledge further. The addition of study group records for Moths and Plants to the website and online anlaysis of them are still under development.

Library. This is a searchable area for wildlife and habitat information, including images, stored elsewhere on the website. It is being added to by members and should become a unique resource of local Wildlife Information. It is available to anyone, but members can add images, pages and wildlife website links, once they are logged in. It has a Simple Search for any word e.g. Otter, Hare etc and an Advanced Search where the search can be made more specific.

Discuss. This is a Forum or message posting system for Wildlife or Website issues, available for anyone to read, but to contribute, the member needs to be logged in. We stongly encourage members to

- Tell us about wildlife 'happenings', books or websites that they feel the community would be interested in
- Make requests for help in identifying species that have seen but cannot identify, especially if it includes a picture.
- Tells us if they find any aspect of the website that they cannot understand, or does not appear to work

About provides background information to anyone new coming to the scheme, including the history, management organisation, recording schemes and these Help Notes. All but the latter can be ignored by anyone familiar with the approach. It should be the first palce to go to find out anything about the structure and use of the website.