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 the first record of the year of Swallows - Hirundo rustica. Three were spotted flying over arable fields near Beckhampton on 10th April.
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 our social media communications.
County Recorders Report for 2013 is now Available
The annual Country Recorder’s report for 2013 has been completed and is now available to download. Along with the County Recorder’s reports, covering groups from birds to beetles and bryophytes, there are reports covering a year at the WSBRC. Download the report, or find out more about Wiltshire’s County Recorders
The Asian Hornet, sometimes known as the Yellow-legged Hornet, is a large wasp which is poised to invade Britain. If it gains a foothold it will be bad for honey bees, native insects and pose a threat to human health.
Over the past several years public records of Otter sightings have revealed the recovery of Otters across most of Wiltshire. The Vincent Wildlife Trust is now launching a public appeal for the same kind of information to record the population recovery of another UK native mammal, the Polecat.
Last August a new species was found in Wiltshire which had not been recorded in the county before. The species was a rare squash bug called a Box Bug, so called because until recently it was thought to feed only on Box.