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BIS training courses 2018 programme out now

The 2018 training programme to promote biological recording is out now. See our events page for details.
Click here for a full list of courses. The poster details our April events. Only 1 place left on the Woodland Lichen ID and recording walk.

Added 16/03/2018 11:18

!!DATE CHANGE!! Surveying & Recording for the Elan Valley Links Project


The Elan Links Project invites you to our first exchange evening on Thursday 22nd March, 7pm at the Elan Valley Hotel, LD6 5H.

The evening is a chance for wildlife recorders, conservationists and anyone interested in wildlife to get together, find out more about the Elan Links Project, and share knowledge, experience, ideas and views on Elan Valley’s Natural heritage and how we can record it.

19.15 — Elan Links Projects, Matt Allmark, Elan Links Natural

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Added 12/03/2018 12:52

BIS email newsletter - sign up online to keep receiving them

Sign up to the BIS email newsletter (about 1 per week) for wildlife recording news, information, events, training and articles to your inbox. You'll also receive the twice yearly BIS Recorders newsletter, packed full of articles on local wildlife recording and hear about the REcorders conference.
Sign up via the link at the bottom of the BIS home page.

!!Data protection laws are changing so sign up by 25th May otherwise you won't receive the email newsletters!!

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Added 12/03/2018 12:55

Spot this Species Mistle Thrush & Song Thrush

It's been a while since we had species of the week so here's two 'Spot this Species' to go out and look for.

Spot this Species
Mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus
Song thrush Turdus philomelos

With the days getting longer many birds have started singing as they become territorial.
Song thrush and Mistle thrush are familiar but often confused. To help you here are some distinguishing features - open the pdf below. If you'd like to receive these and other information on biological recording sign up to our ema

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Added 27/02/2018 11:56

Survey a Sqaure Launch 14th April 2018

Our Survey a Square biological recording campaign will launch on Saturday 14th April with square SN8111, near Ystradgynlias. There will be a follow up event on Monday 23rd April in square SN8009.

Survey a Square
will highlight 1km squares where BIS hold only 1 or zero records. There will be 1 square advertised per vice county per month following the April launch. In May look out for squares in Radnorshire, Montgomereyshire and Brecknockshire. 

The events will record all species and these wi

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Added 09/02/2018 16:24

Lesser Recorded monads / 1km squares

Coming Soon - Squares of the Month
In the BIS area there are many 1km squares with only 1 or 0 records. The map show the location of these lesser recorded monads.
Each month 3 squares of the month will be announced, one in each vice county, as a focus for recording effort to increase the recording holding for that square.
We'll be launching this in April in association with Brecknock Wildlife Trust covering 2 squares in the Ystradgynlais area.

Added 27/02/2018 11:56

Lichens and Snails - Training Courses at BIS

See our Events page for more details on these and other courses. Both are for beginners and will enable you to identify the common species. To book on email 

Added 22/01/2018 14:54

BIS revised scale of charges

Go to the library to see revised hourly charges as passed by the BOD on 13/11/2017. Click here.

Added 12/12/2017 16:41

BIS Managers Report to Members 2016

BIS held its latest AGM on the 13th November 2017. The manager presented this report as a summary of work in 2016/17.

Added 24/11/2017 14:58

Autumn edition of the BIS Recorders newsletter is out now

Welcome to the autumn edition of the BIS newsletter. In this bumper edition there are exciting articles on ladybirds, Hairy Dragonflies, Pearl-Bordered and Marsh Fritillaries, reviews of 2016 for Breconshire Birds and Brecknock Botany Group along with further ins and outs at BIS and our second Recorder of the Season. On page 19 is the programme for this year’s Recorders Forum on 28th November 2017.... more

Added 12/12/2017 16:47