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Due to government advice concerning the Covid-19 outbreak, BIS staff are working at home. Commercial and partner services will continue as normal. If you need to contact us please email; info at bis.org.uk
With the fast changing advice concerning the corona virus, BIS will make a decision nearer the time regarding each event, depending on the advice/requirements at the time. If you are booked onto an event we will contact you beforehand. It is likely that events in the foreseeable future will be postponed until a later date.
We have several recording days and two ID events across the BIS area in 2020. Many recording days are on private land, where the owners have given us permission to visit record all species. we are also teaming up with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust for recording events in VC47. All events can be seen on Facebook or the Events tab above.
Our latest selected under-recorded squares all contain less than 20 records. Can you help by recording your wildlife sightings in these squares? More details on our Survey a Square area of the website.
This CEH report for Welsh Government (WG) shows the importance of the data held by the Welsh Local Environmental Records Centres (BIS, Cofnod, WWBIC & SEWBReC). The report is a review of the contribution species records, held by the Welsh LERC's, make to ERAMMP (Environment & Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme) Evidence Needs. In 2019-20 the Welsh LERCs were funded by Welsh Government to contribute LERC species data to the ERAMMP project.
To read the report click here. For
A celebration of recording in Wales and an opportunity to learn about new and current collection & identification techniques used by biological recorders in Wales. It's your chance to find out about these and share ideas.
At the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Machynlleth, Saturday 25th April 9:30am (for 10am) to 4pm.
This Wales-wide event will celebrate the work of biological recorders and focus on new techniques being used to collect and manage wildlife records. If you're a bi... more
The BIS events for 2020 are now up on our website. We've recording days across the BIS area, along with ID days. Click on the Events tab above.
The FSC in partnership with Eco Sapian have produced 3 short you tube videos on biological recording, covering what records are, how to submit them and why they are important. The aim is to encourage more people to start recording. See our 'Get Involved' section to read about submitting records to BIS.
Click the links to watch, each is about 4 minutes long.
What is a Biological Record, part 1.
Why are Biological Records Important, part 2.
How to Submit Biological Records, part 3.
A list of all moth species recorded in Wales has just been launched by Butterfly Conservation. You can download and see this list by visiting the BIS website Library. Click on the Library tab above.
Wired, our online recording site, now has a form to record an 'Unspecified Bat Record'. Find it in the 'Record' tab along with the other ways to submit a record. Although not as useful as a species record it may yield some useful records and data. Be sure to add any information that may enable a species ID and if it was seen flying in the daytime. Bats identified to species should be submitted in the usual way.