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.
Red Kite - Milvus milvuswas spotted flying in Devizes, from the WSBRC office on 20th March.
County Recorder's Report for 2014
The annual Country Recorder’s report for 2014 has been completed and is now available to download.
The report brings together updates for 2014 from a range of expert recorders and species recording groups in the county. Highlights include:
- Several new locations were identified for rare bat species, including a Barbastelle bat found in Devizes
- There was the first confirmed breeding of the Hairy Dragonfly in the county
- It was an excellent year for moths. Eight species of micro-moth were
recorded as new to Wiltshire (either at county or vice county level), one new to south Wiltshire (VC8) was also the first county record of the species for
- Butterflies also had a very good year overall, with sightings of 10,000 plus Chalkhill blue butterflies at Clearbury Down near Downton
This year the Garden BirdWatch Scheme, run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) celebrates its 20th year. In the last 20 years volunteers have contributed an astonishing 7.3 million hours of their time submitting just under 100 million observations.
A new species has been recorded in Wiltshire for the first time. The Leisler’s bat, a small bat that has long fur around the shoulders and the upper back, giving it a lion’s mane appearance, was radio-tracked to a woodland just north of Ford.
We are very pleased to welcome Paul Wexler as our new County Recorder for Molluscs. Here he tells us about this often overlooked group, and how they are faring in Wiltshire.