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The ‘Clean Water for Wildlife’ Survey, will involve thousands
of people (including individuals, schools and community groups) surveying for
two important pollutants: nitrate and phosphate. Different water bodies will be sampled using
simple strip test kits. By analysing
these pollutant levels, citizen scientists and freshwater experts will assess
the state of all freshwaters in Wales – something that has never been
undertaken before.... more
BIS has now updated the Powys Micro-moth records from VC 42,43 amd 47 On NBN Gateway.
The Invasive Non-native Species records held by BIS are also now available on NBN Gateway, excluding records withheld by data provider.
This survey is part of a National Biodiversity Network project to understand the diversity of motives for biological recording, and how best to support recorders. It takes less than 30 minutes and covers recording habits, non-recording free time, attitudes toward the environment, and wider social context. Responses will be combined with interviews, to develop a resource for network members when mobilising and developing their contributors.
More details and a printable version (for return to t... more
Plantlife Cymru are developing a proposal to run a three year project to
record and conserve our waxcap grasslands. Part of the project will be to
establish a Grassland Fungi Apprenticeship scheme where volunteers would be trained
in identifying waxcaps and other grassland fungi and then conduct surveys in
key areas. Plantlife need to gather evidence that there is sufficient interest
in such a scheme in order to get the funding. If you are interested in taking
part, please do fil... more
Response for Nature Project launched its reports on the 13th Oct 2015.
Response for Nature Project reports Many of the UK’s conservation organisations have joined forces to outline the key actions they see as essential in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be taken by governments and assisted by business, environmental charities and civil society to stop the loss of nature.
Background In 2013, the State of Nature report found that 60 per ... more
17th July to 20th August
There are two easy ways to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Visit the Big Butterfly Count website to download and print an ID chart. Take it out with you to make a record of the butterflies you spot then simply log back on and tell us what you've seen.
If you have a smartphone then the free Big Butterfly Count app will help you identify different species and allow you to record them there and then, saving paper as well as butterflies.
The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP) website is now live. MWRSP was established in 2002.
The Partnership aims to expand and protect the unique population of red
squirrels in mid Wales; one of only three significant red squirrel
populations in the whole of Wales.
The map of red squirrel sightings includes historical records populated from the LRC Wales merged database from BIS, SEWBReC and WWBIC. Records entered on-line will be exchanged with the LRCs.... more
The Welsh Assembly’s
Environment and Sustainability Committee is consulting on the Environment
As part of the consultation the Committee want to hear
the views of the people of Wales on different aspects of the Bill through a
survey which asks a range of questions on environmental issues, from climate
change, nature conservation, recycling and the five pence plastic bag charge.
A link to the English and Welsh survey are below: https://www.surveymonke... more
The University of Reading is looking for recorders and naturalists in the Powys area to become
involved with and contribute to the Powdery Mildew Project being run by Oli Ellingham. On receipt of specimens of mildewed leaves Oli will DNA sequence them and then provide identifications to the specimen provider which obviously can then be put into BIS's database. A good way of obtaining records for a very under-recorded group.
Please see Oli's webpages with instructions for sending specimens at the... more
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