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BIS Staff Update

There has been some changes to BIS staff working pattern.
Janet is working 4 days a week and will usually not be in office on Wednesdays.
Steve is working 27 hours per week and will be in office Tueday/Wednesday/Thursday.
Anna will continue to work 5 days per week.
However we usually check BIS emails on non-working days and will respond in emergencies  or contact

Added 30/09/2014 10:17

NFBR newsletter 48

National Forum  for Biological Recording latest newsletter, no. 48, has been published and can be read online or downloaded from:  
For a direct download of the PDF document go to:

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Added 08/08/2014 14:45

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

British Dragonfly Society ID courses

The British Dragonfly Society will be holding three courses entitled ‘Dragonflies; Lifecycle, Identification Tips and Recording’. These are at Teifi Marshes (the Welsh Wildlife Centre) (12th July), Pensychnant Conservation Centre, near Conwy in North Wales (23rd July) and Dinefwr NNR in Llandeilo (date to be confirmed – end of July). These courses are aimed at people working in the environmental sector with a focus on biodiversity or ecology and people who have an interest in natura... more

Added 23/06/2014 11:34

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

BIS Recorders Newsletter May 2014

BIS Recorders Newsletter May 2014 now available in the Library

Added 03/06/2014 10:46

WWBIC Bulletin No. 21 Newsletter now Available

The WWBIC Bulletin No. 21 Newsletter is now available in the BIS library - click here to access it.

Added 20/05/2014 16:15