Coreo – feature of the month: Recording location based data

Dave Kilbey Nov 21 - 3 min read

This month we explore one of the key features of Coreo – recording location-based data.


Data, especially environmental data, often has a spatial element to it. That is, we need to know where something is or was by recording its location.

Despite advancements in technology, which have made accurate location mapping possible via phones and tablets, many organisations continue to use traditional methods to collect the data, such as pen and paper.

Whilst we’ve used these methods for years they’re often the cause of some headaches including:

How Coreo can help

When you choose to use an app for surveying you get to leverage the technology packed into your phone. Most modern phones these days have good GPS chipsets, meaning that getting accurate locations is both quick and easy. Not everyone realises that GPS works irrespective of your data network. So, even when you’re in the windswept wilderness, miles from the nearest phone reception, you can still record accurate locations.

In addition, when you design your surveys in Coreo you get to choose what type of geometries you want available when recording locations. You can choose to record one or any of the following:

Once you’ve recorded your data the Coreo app and website allow you to view all your data via a map interface. You can interact with it, edit your records to add further information and also view existing records whilst you’re adding new data. This can be invaluable if you need to add records to an existing location such as adding species sightings to a large boundary such as a SSSI boundary or to a point location such as a reptile tin.

Other advantages of using Coreo to survey for location-based data include that:

Location-based data in action!

As a facilitator overseeing a farming cluster group, Simon Smart works with over 100 farmers in Wiltshire, supporting them with monitoring the biodiversity on their farms and taking steps to help them improve their farm management to produce nature-positive outcomes.

Simon adopted Coreo in 2019 after struggling with paper based and a variety of digital solutions that proved too complicated. And since using the app, he has noticed not only an exponential increase in records collected, but also a much improved quality of records.

‘A farmer can see something interesting and I’ll have the record in seconds rather than weeks or months later. They also don’t need to worry about telling me the location as Coreo pinpoints each record for them, even if they’re out in a remote area. This has been one of the major factors in positively transforming the amount of data farmers now collect and it’s massively reduced the time I spend trying to collate records’.

Find out more about how Simon uses Coreo to manage his cluster groups.

Start our free 30 trial today to find out how Coreo’s interactive mapping can improve your data collection, or get in touch to set up a free Coreo consultation with the team at

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