Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

The Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC) is a not-for-profit partnership initiative housed at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust which provides a central reference point for environmental information on species, sites, habitats and geology in Wiltshire and Swindon.  

Find out more about us or support our work with a donation


Recent Sightings

Buzzard, Darin Smith/ WWT

Buzzard - Buteo buteo one immature was seen roosting in a tree near on the A361 at the Seend fork on 9th December.

Tell us what you see!  

Wildlife Out Now 


Data Search Service

Data search map of sites, WSBRC

Please note that due to staff availability all quotes for data searches must be agreed by Friday 5th December to guarantee completion before the Christmas break.

Any data requests received after this time will be processed after 5th January 2015

Our office will be closed at 5:30pm on Wednesday 24th December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 5th January.


New Wiltshire Bat Group Webpage

We’re pleased to act as host for a brand new webpage for Wiltshire Bat Group.

Will Ponting with bat group members, tunnel survey, Wil Ponting

This long established voluntary group is dedicated to the conservation of probably our most intriguing group of native mammals.

WBG Coordinator, Will Ponting, said “I am really pleased and grateful to the WSBRC for hosting this website for us. Hopefully more people will be encouraged to send in their records and get involved in bat conservation across the County. This is a great opportunity to advertise the Wiltshire Bat Group to a wider audience”.

Click here to find out more about the group and how you can get involved   


  • Data search button
  • Living Record button
  • Out Now Winter button - correct size



Recent Updates

Your Wildlife Moments - Fantastic Fungi 05/12/2014

Local Groups - Information on new groups 05/12/2014

Downloads - New reports available 02/12/2014

Wildlife Highlights - What to see in December 01/12/2014

ID Guide - December, tracks and signs 01/12/2014

Site Focus - Explore woodlands for deadwood 01/12/2014 


Floodplain Meadows Partnership

The Floodplain Meadows Partnership is offering a subsidised training opportunity to develop floodplain meadow ambassadors. This course is a 2 year vocational course enabling delegates to gather appropriate field data and provide an evidence base on which to make management decisions.



Buff-tailed Bumblebee Penny Metal@flickr.com

Look Out For Active Bumblebees This Winter

19 Dec 2014

To most of us the sight of a bumblebee is a clear sign of spring or summer and the warm weather that we at least hope for at these times of the year. However since the late 1990’s, an increasing number of sightings have been recorded of Buff-tailed Bumblebees during the winter months, particularly during December and January.

Hedgehog in the Snow David Berkowitz @Flikr.com

Unseasonal Sightings

10 Dec 2014

The recent mild weather has seen reports of some unusual wildlife sightings. Many sightings are much later than usual, such as butterflies being spotted in December; others are occurring many months earlier than normal.

Burnt Orchid Rob Large/ WWT

One in Five Plants Are Now Threatened With Extinction

22 Oct 2014

A new report A Vascular Plant Red List for England by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) reveals one in five vascular plant species are threatened with extinction, including the Wiltshire County flower, the Burnt-tip Orchid.

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