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BIS species database reaches 2 million records

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

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Added 31/08/2016 16:27

BIS launches LERC Wales Aderyn public site

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
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Added 21/06/2016 12:13

New BIS datsets on NBN Gateway

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.

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Added 11/04/2016 14:48

‘CENNAD’ Plantlife Cymru Lichen Apprenticeship Scheme

‘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
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Added 23/03/2016 13:02

‘Clean Water for Wildlife’ Survey

Clean Water for Wildlife   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

Added 15/02/2016 14:29

BIS Data on NBN Gateway

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.

Added 11/12/2015 16:47

NBN: Biological Recorders - tell us about yourself!!

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

Added 17/11/2015 13:24

Plantlife "Welsh Waxcap Grasslands Project" Questionnaire

  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

Added 11/11/2015 17:00

Response for Nature Project Report launched 13th October 2015

  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.  
In 2013, the State of Nature report found that 60 per ... more

Added 16/10/2015 13:44

Big Butterfly Survey - Butterfly Conservation

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.

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Added 17/07/2015 14:10