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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

Hairy Dragonfly reappears at Llangorse Lake, Breconshire

On 17th June Keith Noble, Breconshire Dragonfly recorder, recorded Hairy Dragonflies at Llangorse Lake.
The new Atlas of Dragonflies showed that Hairy Dragonfly had been recorded in this square SO12, before 1991, but not since. There were no other records for Breconshire VC42 but it is present in Gwent some 20 kilometres to the south.

On 23 May 1959, D.Kyle recorded this dragonfly by the Llangasty car park, and the species was noted again in July 1964. So 50 years after it was last

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Added 23/06/2014 12:38

Successful launch of BIS website and public open day

Thanks to Kirsty Williams AM Brecon & Radnorshire, Leader of Welsh Liberal Democrats Party for her support in attending the launch.

BIS was able to demonstrate the website and wildlife recording tools to people from a wide range of organisations including local schools and community project officers, with the hope of raising awareness and promoting wildlife recording.

Added 23/06/2014 12:34

First Wales record of invasive non-native brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Japanese kelp Wakame)

John Bishop of the MBA found the invasive non-native brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Japanese kelp Wakame) at Holyhead marina on the visitors berths yesterday (11th June 2014). He was surveying there as part of a Welsh Government funded project (Resilient Ecosystems fund) surveying marinas in Wales for non-native marine species.

This is the first record of this species in Wales but not surprising as it is has been found in several other parts of the Irish Sea recently. More informat

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Added 17/06/2014 16:16