Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre is the county’s local environmental records centre. Please take a look around our website to find out what we do, how we do it and how you can get involved in biological recording or go about accessing information from us.


Oil Beetle Sightings

Meloe proscarabaeus Black Oil Beetle, Marc Arbuckle

Oil Beetles are now emerging and we need your records please!

If you think you've spotted one of these attractive little insects please let us know. Also send in a photo if possible please, particularly of the rear of the pronotum (thorax) so we can separate the Violet Oil Beetle from the Black Oil Beetle.

Download the Buglife Oil Beetle Guide to help you with your identification of these beetles.

For more information visit Buglife's Oil beetle survey page.

Please submit your Wiltshire records and photos directly to our new County Beetle Recorder, Marc Arbuckle (arbuckle@mac.com) for verification. 


Wiltshire Recorders’ Forum 2017

RecordersForum2017, Andrew Barratt

Hosted by WSBRC and WWT's Wild Connections Project in Devizes, the first Wiltshire Recorders’ Forum highlighted how the county’s naturalists and recording schemes continue to be a highly committed and valuable part of the nature conservation community, underpinning wider efforts in the county.

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Getting Started in Recording

Devenish Reserve, Barry Craske/ WWT

If you're new to biological recording submitting records might seem a bit daunting to start with and you might need a little support to give you the confidence in your developing ID skills.

There are many ways to get involved in recording or make a contribution to nature conservation: 

* Join Living Record and submit records to us

* Get involved with a local recording group

* Volunteer for us in our office or get involved with another Wiltshire Wildlife Trust project or conservation task

* Keep an eye on our homepage, Twitter feed (below) and Facebook page (WiltsBRC) for information on surveys and other activities  

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Recent Updates

News Item - Wiltshire Recorders' Forum 13/03/17

Site Focus - Morgan's Hill WWT Reserve 01/03/17

ID Guide - Early Flowering Plants 01/03/17

Wildlife Highlights - What to look out for during March 01/03/17



Graphomya maculata, Lysana Robinson/ WSBRC


Grass snake eating frog , WSBRC Karen Shaw