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6 Cuckoo Bees (Bumblebee Conservation Trust - BBCT) - BIS Guides

Did you know six of the UK’s 24 bumblebees are cuckoo bees, and are named this way because, just like the bird, they have a parasitic lifestyle. But don’t be alarmed, they are important pollinators in their own right and are not a major threat to social bumblebee populations. A female cuckoo bee will go into the nest of a social bumblebee, kill the queen, and take it over for herself.

Click below for an ID sheet (pdf) of the 6 Cuckoo bumblebee species.

This is being used in session 2 of our Skills for Bees partnership with BBCT.




Added 10/05/2021 13:51


BIS IT Officer Application From - Miscellaneous

Click below for the BIS IT Officer application form. A Job Description can be found by clicking here.

The closing date will be at noon on Thursday, 3rd June 2021.




Added 10/05/2021 12:29


BIS IT Officer Job Description - Miscellaneous

Click below for the IT Officer Job Description. Click here for a link to the application form.

The closing date will be at noon on Thursday, 3rd June 2021.




Added 10/05/2021 12:28


The Birds of Wales - Newsletters (Other)

Forthcoming book: The Birds of Wales/Adar Cymru

 The publishers of a new national avifauna are offering a discount on pre-orders placed before 30 June 2021. Supported by LERC Wales, the new book has been produced by volunteers from the Welsh Ornithological Society.

 The core of the book is the 451 species accounts, built on data collected over the last century, and the written history and archaeological record of Wales since before the last Ice Age. In addition, there are shorter accounts of more than 100 non-native species that have occurred ‘in the wild’.

 Richly illustrated by some of the country’s leading nature photographers, the book tells the stories of all the birds recorded here, whether common or rare, and anticipates what may occur in the coming decades. Knowledge of many species has improved thanks to monitoring by volunteers, and information from all the major recording schemes has been used by authors of the species accounts, many of whom are acknowledged experts on the species.

 The Birds of Wales traces the earliest evidence, such as Barnacle Geese that bred in Pembrokeshire before the last Ice Age and the footprints of Common Crane preserved in Severn Estuary mud around 7,000 years ago. The authors have also explored the historic record in English, Welsh and Latin. Gerald of Wales documented what is probably the earliest bird identification dispute in 1188, an argument about whether a bird heard near Caernarfon was an oriole or a woodpecker.

 The book describes, for the first time, the history of bird recording and conservation in Wales and the environmental context that has resulted in big changes for our birds. It will be no great surprise that only a quarter of breeding species have experienced an improvement in status since 1900. Nonetheless, Wales is significant for its populations of Chough, Hawfinch and Pied Flycatcher, and our Manx Shearwaters are of global importance. Looking to the future, it finds that one-third of Welsh breeding species are projected to lose some or all of their geographic range here by the end of the century. It will have an essential place on the bookshelf of everyone with an interest in birds in Wales.

 The Birds of Wales will be published, in English, by Liverpool University Press on 1 July 2021, price £45. It can be ordered at the pre-publication price of £25, plus p&p until 30 June. Use the code WALES50. liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/r/birds-of-wales or phone 07766 472078.




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Watching Nature Recover recording spreadsheet - BIS Guides

If you want to record your wildlife sightings for the Watching Nature Recover camera trap project please use the link below.

The spreadsheet has the necessary headings and includes a link to a website for finding grid references.




Added 04/03/2021 16:49


Butterflies of Montgomeryshire: a digital atlas (January 2021) - Miscellaneous

This atlas of butterfly records prepared by Douglas Boyes (County Butterfly Recorder for Montgomeryshire) outlines the 43 butterfly species recorded in Montgomeryshire. It includes distribution maps, information on the biology of each species, details on recording butterflies and a map to highlight the most under-recorded areas of the county.




Added 27/01/2021 13:15


Dragonfly Report for Radnorshire for 2020 - Newsletters (Other)

Vice County Recorder for dragonflies in Radnorshire, Bob Dennison, has produced the 2020 report, which you can download here. 




Added 25/01/2021 12:21


Winter Tree ID - Events

The slides from our Winter Tree ID training zoom held on 5th December 2020.




Added 08/12/2020 12:16


BIS Managers report to members 2019-20 - BIS Managers Reports to Members

Each year the BIS Manager produces a report detailing our finances, funding, staff, data, data providers, technical developments, the services we provide and our efforts to encourage wildlife recording. The latest report for the financial year 2019-2020 can be read using the link below.

The Managers Report for April 2019 to March 2020 was presented to the BIS Directors at the November 2020 AGM.




Added 19/01/2021 13:52


Brecon Beacons National Park Community Update - Newsletters (Other)

The latest community update from the BBNP.




Added 20/11/2020 12:48