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BIS Annual Managers Report 2019-2020

The BIS Annual Managers Report, a brief summary report for Powys & Brecon Beacons National Park Environmental Records Centre Ltd (BIS) financial year April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020 is now available to view in the BIS website Library. Click on the link here.

Added 30/11/2020 09:50

BIS Recorders Newsletter, Autumn / Winter 2020

Our 30th issue is now available to read. It contains an array of fascinating articles. Head to the BIS website Library to download your copy (PDF) or for a link to read it as a magazine (

Added 20/11/2020 11:26

Plant Galls Training Zoom

Our training zoom on Plant Galls is now available to watch on the BIS youtube channel. Watch this online Gall Gathering with trainer Peter Shirley, British Plants Galls Society, here

Added 21/09/2020 12:24

BIS Events & Recording Days

We are planning to run recording days in August and September and have four sites to visit. Numbers will be limited and we have new procedures in place and you must book on to attend. We are also hosting two ID events using Zoom.

See our events page for details.

Added 05/08/2020 11:51

Red List for Mammals

The first official red list for mammals has been compiled by the Mammal Society. It's sobering reading with 11 of the 47 native mammals at imminent risk of extinction.

The Red List for Great Britain has received authorisation on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at a regional level. This is significant as it means that the threatened British species have been identified using the same robust, internationally-agreed, system that is applied to classify

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Added 31/07/2020 09:26

BIS receives ALERC Accreditation

BIS has received its Accreditation Certificated from the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC). For further details go to the ALERC Website.

'The ALERC Accreditation system identified a set of standards against which LERCs can be assessed. The criteria cover organisation structure, principles of continuous improvement, data custodianship and data services. It builds confidence in LERCs as bodies which hold biodiversity information in trust for society and that they manage p

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Added 24/06/2020 16:03

Nationally Scarce Spider spotted in Montgmeryshire

The nationally scarce spider, Sardinidion blackwalli has been recorded in Montgomeryshire! It's a first for VC47 Montgomeryshire, a first for the BIS area and we have only one other record for all Wales in Aderyn. A good spot by Tammy Stretton.

Added 11/06/2020 10:20

BIS is now recruiting for the LERC Manager

Local Environmental Records Centre Manager

The Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) is the independent Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC) which acts as the focus for the collation, management and use of information on the wildlife of Powys and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We are looking for a suitable candidate for the permanent, full-time post of BIS Manager to be based at our Brecon office in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. This is an opportunity to work in a well-established and fo

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Added 10/06/2020 14:11

A first for Breconshire - Long horned bee, Eucera longicornis

The Long-horned bee, Eucera longicornis, has been spotted in Brecon by Keith Noble, who saw this first vice county record in his garden. It is rarely seen or recorded in the BIS area, this being only the 11th record we hold, of the 103 records for all Wales in Aderyn, our database. It has been seen more recently in the BIS area, in Radnorshire, at Gilfach Nature Reserve, and in Monmouthshire in Pandy north of Abergavenny - the easterly edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The male &

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Added 09/06/2020 10:25

Wales Garden Bioblitz - Record Records!

BIS received 1482 wildlife records for this event on 30th May, which marked the start of Wales Nature Week 2020. Most of these records were submitted to us using the LERC Wales App and BIS Wired, and must be a record number received by these methods in one day.

Thanks to all who took part, keep sending us your records and help put wildlife on the map!

Birds featured strongly in our top 10, with Blackbird and House sparrow being the top two species recorded.

A list of all species recorded in Wales

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Added 09/06/2020 10:50