Key to Symbols and Abbreviations in Checklists

Dates

The date of a record generally consists of a year followed by a letter.

= Year is exact. If no symbol appears after the year, this also means that the year is exact.
~ Year is approximate. For example, a record in the original as "in the 1920s" will be entered as "1925~". The uncertainty is usually less than ±10 years.
- Record is before this year. This symbol is used particularly when records have been taken from a previous checklist in which they are undated. The record is usually within 10 years before the given year.
+ Record is after this year. The record is usually within 10 years after the given year.
nd No date is known. This has been avoided wherever possible.
dub. We consider the record dubious for some reason. The editors' decision is final but should not be interpreted as reflecting adversely on the recorder.

Other date formats which may be found are:

YYYY-MM-DDE.g. 2012-04-13, meaning 13 Apr 2012
YYYY-MME.g. 2012-04, meaning Apr 2012
YYYY-YYYYE.g. 1986-1988, meaning all years in this range
YYYY/YYYYE.g. 1986/1988, meaning at least one year in this range

Status

Some checklists have a 'status' column, consisting of either just a code or a code plus the date of the last record. The codes are:

PBelieved to be Present
MMay be present, status unclear
LBelieved to be Lost, i.e. no longer occurring in the Park
DRecord considered Doubtful (may not be listed online)
IName Invalid (generally not listed online)

Recorder Abbreviations

The recorder abbreviations are being expanded to names in recent revisions of the checklists, but some may still appear.

BBagnall's 1876 Flora of Sutton Park
BI1As listed in A Natural History of Sutton Park, Part 3: Birds, Stefan Y.T. Bodnar, 1995
BMSBirmingham Natural History Society Mycological Section records, up to 1991
BNHSMBirmingham Natural History Society Minutes: records extracted by L.J. Evans from the Society's old minutes, which used to record every meeting.
CClark's 1980 Fungus Flora of Warwickshire
CDNHSSCoventry and District Natural History and Scientific Society
CESCoventry Entomological Survey: A.E. Wright, R.J. Barnett, S.A. Lane, D. Warren, et al. -- staff of Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
E'Early' records, i.e. pre-1900, but not Bagnall
FJH Field's records, up to 1990
FBBCRecording for the Flora of Birmingham & the Black Country
GHLPSSutton Park NNR Green Hairstreak Landscape Project Survey, Warwickshire Butterfly Conservation, 2009
ISRThe now defunct Invertebrate Site Register
LT. Laflin in Readett's 1971 Flora of Sutton Park
LJERLeslie J. Evan's personal records and collection
RReadett's 1971 Flora of Sutton Park
SBVSefan Bodnar's account of the Vertebrates (other than Birds) -- unpublished as of Oct. 2010.
SCNHSRecords of outings of the Sutton Coldfield Natural History Society
SISPA Survey of the Insects of Sutton Park, S. Falk & S. Lane, Falk Entomology, June 1999.
SISPRRecords listed in SISP (see above) as "teste [John] Robbins"
SPHGJ.C.W. Field & P.W. James (eds.), Sutton Park, A History and Guide, Friends of the Park Association/Sutton Coldfield News, 1965.
VCHVictoria County History of Warwickshire, Vol. 1, 1904
WBRCWarwickshire Biological Records Centre, Warwickshire Museum, Warwick
WFSWarwickshire Fungus Survey

Names and Synonyms

Symbols after a synonym (such as * or ^) should be ignored. (They are cross-references within the original database.)