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.
We have recently received a record of two Otters - Lutra lutra that were seen above the weir across the River Avon in the centre of Chippenham. They were seen swimming in the river in the morning on 3rd March.
Website Volunteer Needed!
We are creating a new website for the WSBRC so we can demonstrate and promote our work more effectively to a wide audience. To help achieve this we are looking for an enthusiastic website volunteer who can assist with tasks ranging from writing copy to helping shape the website. The post will also involve setting up social media communications on Facebook and Twitter.
Rock Detectives 15th March
The Wiltshire Geology Group (WGG) is holding a Rock Detective event at Devizes Museum on Saturday 15th March 2014 from 10.15am-12.15pm. The group will show fun experiments to find out about weathering, erosion, how fossils are made and much more. Booking is essential, find out more about the event and how to book on the WGG website
Wildlife Highlights - What to see in March 04/03/2014
ID Guide - Early flowering plants 04/03/2014
Site Focus - Morgan's Hill nature reserve 04/03/2014
Submit Records - Updated recording form 21/02/2014
Your Wildlife Moments - County first sighting of Red-flanked Bluetail! 11/02/2014
Cotswold Water Park Bat Initiative Newsletter 2013
Download the latest newsletter detailing the results of the monitoring work undertaken in the Cotswold Water Park and Braydon Forest.
The new year has given us a chance to look at some of the huge datasets collected over the course of last year, which had revealed that 2013 was the best year since 2006 for butterflies, and possibly ‘the best ever’ according to our County Butterfly Recorder Mike Fuller.
The winter months have been incredibly wet so far, and according to the Met Office have been some of the stormiest and mildest in recent decades. A combination of mild temperatures, stormy weather and widespread flooding has led to some unusual, and concerning, effects upon our native wildlife.
A study into the effects of climate change on the survival, and hibernation of Hedgehogs needs you to record any sightings of our most easily recognised native mammal. The results from the survey, will be used to help scientists understand the hedgehog’s life cycle better, including hibernation.