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BIS recently entered its 2 millionth record into the Record 6 species database thanks to Andy King and his Brecknock Birds 2015 records. The 2 millionth record was a Green Sandpiper recorded by Andy King at Llangorse Lake in 2015.
On the 1st September 2016 BIS holds 2,029,000 spp records having recently added Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire 2015 Bird records plus updates from BIS WiReD and iRecord. These will now all be made available to Environment Systems for analysis for the Powys ... more
BIS launched the public site of Aderyn (Biodiversity Information Reporting Database) at its 15 years celebration on Saturday 18th June. The link is now on the BIS website and replaces the previous Data Access Tool. The public can search for a summary list of species within a 1km square or see distributions of records held by LERC Wales for a single species or taxon group eg butterflies.
The planning reporting system is now being tested and should be live to partners in next few weeks. BIS will th... more
BIS has uploaded four new data sets below onto NBN Gateway to comply with NRW funding agreement. These records are available at 10km resolution and exclude county datasets which are likely to be on Gateway through Schemes & Societies.
‘CENNAD’ Plantlife Cymru Lichen
Apprenticeship Scheme is now open to applications, from today for 3 weeks. Please
note closing date: 11 April 2016.
The Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme ‘CENNAD’ is open to all, through application in March 2016; with training events running April 2016- March 2018. The learning focus will be on epiphytic lichens, particularly species associated with Atlantic woodlands and way-side trees. A combination of learning approaches will be of... more
The ‘Clean Water for Wildlife’ Survey, will involve thousands
of people (including individuals, schools and community groups) surveying for
two important pollutants: nitrate and phosphate. Different water bodies will be sampled using
simple strip test kits. By analysing
these pollutant levels, citizen scientists and freshwater experts will assess
the state of all freshwaters in Wales – something that has never been
undertaken before.... more
BIS has now updated the Powys Micro-moth records from VC 42,43 amd 47 On NBN Gateway.
The Invasive Non-native Species records held by BIS are also now available on NBN Gateway, excluding records withheld by data provider.
This survey is part of a National Biodiversity Network project to understand the diversity of motives for biological recording, and how best to support recorders. It takes less than 30 minutes and covers recording habits, non-recording free time, attitudes toward the environment, and wider social context. Responses will be combined with interviews, to develop a resource for network members when mobilising and developing their contributors.
More details and a printable version (for return to t... more
Plantlife Cymru are developing a proposal to run a three year project to
record and conserve our waxcap grasslands. Part of the project will be to
establish a Grassland Fungi Apprenticeship scheme where volunteers would be trained
in identifying waxcaps and other grassland fungi and then conduct surveys in
key areas. Plantlife need to gather evidence that there is sufficient interest
in such a scheme in order to get the funding. If you are interested in taking
part, please do fil... more
Response for Nature Project launched its reports on the 13th Oct 2015.
Response for Nature Project reports Many of the UK’s conservation organisations have joined forces to outline the key actions they see as essential in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be taken by governments and assisted by business, environmental charities and civil society to stop the loss of nature.
Background In 2013, the State of Nature report found that 60 per ... more
17th July to 20th August
There are two easy ways to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Visit the Big Butterfly Count website to download and print an ID chart. Take it out with you to make a record of the butterflies you spot then simply log back on and tell us what you've seen.
If you have a smartphone then the free Big Butterfly Count app will help you identify different species and allow you to record them there and then, saving paper as well as butterflies.