A project in progress working with Watsonian Vice County (VC) recorders. The Watsonian Vice County system was developed in 1852 and divided the UK into 112 ‘vice counties’ for the purpose of biological recording. Since then VC recorders have overseen every biological record that goes from the county level to national databases ensuring accuracy in the data. Each VC recorder is an expert in their respective species group, the role is voluntary and requires years of field time and is often undertaken by amateurs.
The Vice County system is a pool of highly specialist amateur ecologists who have been viewing the changing nature of our planet for many decades, seeing the micro changes take hold year on year. From their unique perspective each sitter has written ‘a letter to the future’, voicing the concerns of these rarely heard conservation heroes.