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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... more
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... more
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.
Go to the library to see revised hourly charges as passed by the BOD on 13/11/2017. Click here.
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
Last spring Buglife asked for your help in recording oil beetles in Wales, and thanks to your help we now have a much better idea of where these threatened beetles are; we can now use this information to help to protect and enhance the wildflower-rich habitats upon which the beetles rely.
You may have now caught the oil beetle recording ‘bug’ and can’t wait til next spring to get out and look for more beetles. Well, fear not though as this is the time of year that our third and mos... more
Following the launch of the Aderyn ( Biodiversity Information Reporting Database) public tools in June 2016 additional tools including planning reporting, full partner access and commercial reporting were demonstrated at the LERC Wales 10 yr Anniversary Event. The work of the Local Environmental Records Centres was showcased at
University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) on Friday, July 14th 2017.
As well as two guest speakers, (the keynote presented by Andy Middleton, co-founder of the TYF ... more
The 10 millionth record was received by West Wales Information Centre and was a record of Whorled Caraway, the county flower of Camarthenshire. The county can be considered a s the global stronghold of the species.
Montgmeryshire is an under recorded area for butterflies and Doug Boyes, county recorder, has prepared a document with information on county butterflies and where to target your recording. Follow the link to the BIS library.
The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is accepting nominations for the 2017 UK awards to celebrate biological recording and information sharing. There are six categories: