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BIS is now recruiting for the LERC Manager

Local Environmental Records Centre Manager

The Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) is the independent Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC) which acts as the focus for the collation, management and use of information on the wildlife of Powys and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We are looking for a suitable candidate for the permanent, full-time post of BIS Manager to be based at our Brecon office in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. This is an opportunity to work in a well-established and fo

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Added 10/06/2020 14:11

A first for Breconshire - Long horned bee, Eucera longicornis

The Long-horned bee, Eucera longicornis, has been spotted in Brecon by Keith Noble, who saw this first vice county record in his garden. It is rarely seen or recorded in the BIS area, this being only the 11th record we hold, of the 103 records for all Wales in Aderyn, our database. It has been seen more recently in the BIS area, in Radnorshire, at Gilfach Nature Reserve, and in Monmouthshire in Pandy north of Abergavenny - the easterly edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The male &

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Added 09/06/2020 10:25

Wales Garden Bioblitz - Record Records!

BIS received 1482 wildlife records for this event on 30th May, which marked the start of Wales Nature Week 2020. Most of these records were submitted to us using the LERC Wales App and BIS Wired, and must be a record number received by these methods in one day.

Thanks to all who took part, keep sending us your records and help put wildlife on the map!

Birds featured strongly in our top 10, with Blackbird and House sparrow being the top two species recorded.

A list of all species recorded in Wales

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Added 09/06/2020 10:50

BIS Recorders Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2020

The Spring/Summer 2020 newsletter is now available to read. Visit the Library on the BIS website to download a pdf or visit the 'issuu' site to read it in magazine format.   

Added 26/05/2020 12:40

Wales Nature Week Garden Bioblitz & Big Wales Nature Quiz

Wales Nature Week begins on Saturday 30th May and runs until Sunday 7th June. The week starts with an all Wales Garden Bioblitz over the 24hours of Saturday 30th May. Join in this all Wales survey to give a snapshot of garden nature in Wales for Wales Nature Week. For more details see our events page

Added 28/05/2020 13:20

Red Data List of Welsh Stoneworts

NRW have published this red data list from a wide range of data-sets including NRW monitoring data, citizen science and previous projects. Red Lists are a key tool for addressing biodiversity loss, enabling us to identify and prioritise those species most at risk. NRW intend to use this list in their advice to Welsh Government and for internal conservation prioritisation.

Visit the BIS Library to download the pdf.

The Red List identified three main habitats as important for stonewor

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Added 07/05/2020 11:45

Powys Nature Recovery Action Plan Ecological Networks Maps now LIVE!

In 2016/17 Environment Systems was commissioned on behalf of the Powys Nature Partnership (PNP) to review the Powys Local Biodiversity Action Plan written in 2002. As part of this process they undertook habitat network analysis for Powys excluding Brecon Beacons National Park, for grassland; woodland; wetland and heathland. A full explanation of the methodology extracted from the draft General Action Plan (GAP) can be found in the BIS Library, or click here.

BIS has now developed a publi

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Added 27/04/2020 11:48

BIS Services continue as usual

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

Added 24/03/2020 11:02

BIS Events & Corona Virus

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.

Added 18/03/2020 15:58

Survey a Square March 2020

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.

Added 06/03/2020 12:28