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Natural History Museum (in partnership with Oxford Uni) has launched a new
citizen science project - ‘Orchid Observers’. They’re looking for
people to help gather data on 29 species of orchids across the UK (by taking
photos of any orchids you see, with date & location & then uploading
them via the project’s website). There are orchid identification tools on line
(but ID is optional).
research has indicated that climate change is affecting the
The scheme asks for volunteers across the United Kingdom to
visit a kilometre square local to them and record the plants they find
there in several
different plots. The scheme will enable us to explore how
plants in different habitats are responding to changes in the environment. More
information about the scheme can be found at www.npms.org.uk
The Data Access Tool (DAT)
is a joint project between the four Local Records Centres in Wales, aimed at
presenting our data in a usable and user friendly manner for the wildlife recording
In conjunction with the other welsh LRCs BIS has developed a system to merge the 4 species databases.
This will now be the basis to uodate and improve the DAT for public and partner access to the data. The first step has been to improve the speed of species records distribution maps.
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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... more
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.
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.
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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.
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... more
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.