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Wanted!! Orchid observers

The Natural History Museum (in partnership with Oxford Uni) has launched a new citizen science project - ‘Orchid Observers’. They’re looking for people to help gather data on 29 species of orchids across the UK (by taking photos of any orchids you see, with date & location & then uploading them via the project’s website). There are orchid identification tools on line (but ID is optional).   Recent research has indicated that climate change is affecting the flo... more

Added 09/07/2015 08:23

National Plant Monitoring Scheme starts 1st March 2015

The scheme asks for volunteers across the United Kingdom to visit a kilometre square local to them and record the plants they find there in several different plots. The scheme will enable us to explore how plants in different habitats are responding to changes in the environment. More information about the scheme can be found at  

  •  All volunteers registering for a square on will receive a survey pack (survey guidance; species list; speci

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Added 10/03/2015 10:04

LRC Wales DAT Species Records Distribution maps updated

The Data Access Tool (DAT) is a joint project between the four Local Records Centres in Wales, aimed at presenting our data in a usable and user friendly manner for the wildlife recording community.

In conjunction with the other welsh LRCs BIS has developed a system to merge the 4 species databases.
This will now be the basis to uodate  and improve the DAT for public and partner access to the data. The first step has been to improve the speed of species records distribution maps.
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Added 02/03/2015 17:17

Training opportunities with Long Forest Community Hedgerow Project

With support from the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund the Long Forest Community Hedgerow Project in the Brecon Beacons NP area is currently planning 1 or 2 day practical training for beginners/improvers in:
 §  Traditional hedge-laying
 §  Coppicing and infilling §
Hedgerow surveying and wildlife recording  

This training will be free of charge to participants and we’ll have a limited number of places for trainees at each session.  The co

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Added 10/02/2015 10:22

Micro-moths for VC 42/43/47 now on NBN Gateway

BIS has loaded the micro-moth records from the 3 Vice-county recorders onto NBN Gateway to add to the national distribution information.  These are verified records and are available for public access at 1km square resolution.

Added 15/12/2014 11:56

Get ready to Grow Wild

Grow Wild has thousands of free seed kits to share so people can transform their local spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wild flower havens. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Grow Wild is an exciting four-year programme that will bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. Grow Wild believes that together we can transform and bring colour to where we live: turning unloved spaces into wildlife-friendly wild flower havens.
Join one of the
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Added 04/12/2014 16:35

Natural History Museum- Identification traineeships

Identification Trainers for the Future is a new work-based training programme for individuals who would like to develop a career in the UK biodiversity sector. It aims to address the critical and growing shortage of wildlife identification and recording skills.The programme is led by the Museum in partnership with the Field Studies Council and National Biodiversity Network Trust.

What we offer:

  • Fifteen 12-month traineeships, delivered over the next three years.
  • A work-based training programme
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Added 17/11/2014 11:23

Invasive spp Alert for Quagga mussel

Quagga Mussel - emDreissena bugensis rostriformisem
Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (Quagga Mussel) has been found in Wraysbury Reservoir and the Wraysbury River, a tributary of the River Colne, near Egham, Surrey.  This is the first UK record of this species.  

This is a species alert issued as part of the GB rapid response protocol: The Quagga Mussel (Dreissena bugensis rostriformis) is a highly invasive non-native species from the Ponto-Caspian reg

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Added 29/10/2014 14:23

Can you help the National Hedgehog Survey ?

The National Hedgehog Survey  is being launched this year and is looking for volunteers/recorders who would be interested in getting involved?
The University of Reading and Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with People’s Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society are conducting a National Hedgehog Survey, which aims to map the occupancy of hedgehogs across England and Wales and to further investigate the relationship with badgers. Download the V
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Added 21/07/2014 10:27

Brecknock Moth Group website now live

The Brecknock Moth Group website has been redeveloped by BIS and is now live. Click here to visit the new site. As well as information on local events and guides to recording moths, you can  see a county list of moths recorded in Brecknock, view the records and map distributions.

Please contact BIS if you would like a similar website for your local recording group.

Added 15/07/2014 10:17