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This CEH report for Welsh Government (WG) shows the importance of the data held by the Welsh Local Environmental Records Centres (BIS, Cofnod, WWBIC & SEWBReC). The report is a review of the contribution species records, held by the Welsh LERC's, make to ERAMMP (Environment & Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme) Evidence Needs. In 2019-20 the Welsh LERCs were funded by Welsh Government to contribute LERC species data to the ERAMMP project.
To read the report click here. For
The BIS events for 2020 are now up on our website. We've recording days across the BIS area, along with ID days. Click on the Events tab above.
The FSC in partnership with Eco Sapian have produced 3 short you tube videos on biological recording, covering what records are, how to submit them and why they are important. The aim is to encourage more people to start recording. See our 'Get Involved' section to read about submitting records to BIS.
Click the links to watch, each is about 4 minutes long.
What is a Biological Record, part 1.
Why are Biological Records Important, part 2.
How to Submit Biological Records, part 3.
A list of all moth species recorded in Wales has just been launched by Butterfly Conservation. You can download and see this list by visiting the BIS website Library. Click on the Library tab above.
Wired, our online recording site, now has a form to record an 'Unspecified Bat Record'. Find it in the 'Record' tab along with the other ways to submit a record. Although not as useful as a species record it may yield some useful records and data. Be sure to add any information that may enable a species ID and if it was seen flying in the daytime. Bats identified to species should be submitted in the usual way.
Our three under recorded squares for January have very few records and no recent records, that is since 2010. They are near Beulah, New Radnor and Newtown. Can you help fill the recent gaps in our maps by recording any wildlife in these sqaures.
Details of the squares can be seen in our Survey a Square area of the webiste.
Our latest selected squares are all in need of more recent records. Can you help add wildlife to the map in these under-recorded squares near to
Trecastle (VC42), Hundred House (VC43) & Berriew (VC47)? All have parking very close by. To see where there are and download a map go to our Survey A Square area of the website.
A new report by renowned insect expert Dave Goulsen commissioned by the South West Wildlife Trusts. It explains why insects declines are of serious concern and suggests measures to address the decline.
Read it as a pdf in the Library tab or click here.
BIS held its AGM on 20th November where the BIS managers report was presented for 2018-19. This is a summary of all the BIS achievements over the financial year to March 2019. This can be downloaded from the BIS library or click on the report link.
We now have a full set of VCR's for the Aculeates group covering the main vice counties in the BIS area, VC42, 43 & 47 - Brecon-, Radnor- & Montgomery- shires. To find out who to contact about Bees, Wasps & Ants search in the Get Involved > Find an Expert area of our website.