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.
Great Tit - Parus majortwo were spotted foraging in the trees outside the WSBRC office on 17th October.
The Wiltshire Mammal Group are in need of Hedgehogs from the Devizes and Cirencester areas. They would like to know of any animals that are visiting gardens to help them look at how roads may be splitting populations and isolating them. Find out more about how you can help, and to report a Hedgehog sighting.
Plotting the Path of the Polecat in Britain
On Tuesday 21st October the Wiltshire Mammal Group are hosting an event on the Polecat. The Polecat population is recovering and expanding its range in Britain following a severe historical decline. This talk will discuss the ecology of the polecat, its distribution and status and current research on the species.
Find out more about the event
The Small Ranunculus moth (Hecatera dysodea), which has in recent years reappeared after a period of extinction in the UK, has been recently sighted, outside the WSBRC’s office! Not only was this rare species spotted, at least 20 of the small green caterpillars were counted on one plant, a fantastic sighting.
After an absence of 30 years, the rare Down Shieldbug (Canthophorus impressus) has been recorded again at Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve. Last recorded in 1984, an amazing 14 were found by our County Recorder Steve Covey, during a visit to try and find out if this rare species was on the reserve.
The esteemed naturalist Dr David Attenborough launched the survey, run by Butterfly Conservation of which he is the President, today on Radio 4 and talked about how important it is to record what’s using our gardens, green-spaces and wider countryside.