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.
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.
Data Search Service
Our data search service has changed!
If you require a standard data request you no longer need to contact us for a quote – just choose the option that fits your needs on our Information Request Form (IRF).
On receipt of your completed IRF we will begin working on your data search and provide the results within 10 working days. For non-standard requests we will continue to provide you with a quote on receipt of your IRF detailing your requirements.
Please take a moment to read the revised information on how to use this service before making a request.
Mycena juniperina – a new species for the UK spotted in Wiltshire
In November 2015, Anne Appleyard and Pat Woodruffe came across these rather unassuming fungi on the bark of juniper bushes in South Wiltshire. At less than 1cm across it was very well spotted indeed!
At first they thought it was a known but rare UK species and samples were sent off to Kew Gardens to confirm , but who instead identified it as Mycena juniperina (Aronson, Persoonia 16(2): 257 (1996) – a brand new species to Britain!