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.
The Big Butterfly Count
Taking part in Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count is a simple way to help monitor and protect the butterflies of the UK. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015 alone!
The survey runs from 15th July to 7th August -so there's still time to get involved.
Read more about the survey and its purpose here
Wiltshire Sensitive Bird List
In liaison with Wiltshire Ornithological Society and other experts, WSBRC staff have reviewed and updated the list of sensitive bird species for the county.
The Wiltshire sensitive bird list comprised 97 species and was originally drafted by WOS. The list is used to ensure that records of species considered to be sensitive and of conservation concern are provided to WSBRC's data users with restricted grid references. This policy enabled WOS to share much of the data it holds with WSBRC.
Earlier this year the list was reviewed, adding four new species (now breeding in Wiltshire), reducing the number of confidential species to only six, increasing the number of species with breeding restrictions and introducing a new code for winter roosts to enable more effective flagging and screening of winter roosts of species such as hen harrier, stone-curlew, red kite etc.
A total of 51 species were removed from the original list. The net result is that increasing amounts of records are now included in data searches, there is reduced restriction and consequently less work for WSBRC and WOS. Furthermore, the additional data will promote better site survey and improved provision of mitigation.
These changes are reflected in the new version of our Data Access Policy.