he 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 Swifts - Apus apus in Devizes on 16th July. The screaming parties have been heard regularly around Devizes over the last few weeks.
Just published: the Cotswold Water Park Bat Atlas
The WSBRC has been working on analysing data and producing maps for the recently published Cotswold Water Park (CWP) Bat Atlas. The Atlas details the work of the CWP Bat initiative from 2005 to 2013 and it is hoped that this data and interim report can feed into forthcoming local policies and planning decisions. Here at the WSBRC we are also involved with the upcoming Dragonfly Atlas, details of which will be posted here.
New websites for Local Groups
The Wiltshire Botanical Society and Wiltshire Mammal Group have recently launched their new websites.
The Wiltshire Botanical Society (WBS) website was recently re-launched and now contains even more information about Wiltshire’s plants: it has a Plant of the Month section, tips on the best places for botanising plus advice on how to record your sightings properly. The Group has regular meetings around the county and also organises some residential trips further afield.
The Wiltshire Mammal Group (WMG) have launched their brand new website. The site will be used as a main point of communication with members, ‘friends’ and the general public ensuring they are kept up to date on current news and dates of forthcoming events and surveys, as well as any future plans. The blog site can be ‘followed’ which will allow members to receive any new posts direct to their inboxes without having to regularly check the website.
Happy 5th Birthday ALERC!
ALERC is an association between Local Environmental Records Centres (LRCs) in Great Britain. The Association aims to provide a central voice for the views and concerns of the Records Centre community, whilst building a support-based network of knowledge and advice to meet the needs of its members. WSBRC has been a member of ALERC since 2009.
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.
A whole array of exciting events from wildlife walks and creative ecology workshops, to photography competitions and make a movie workshops are taking place at a beautiful green space on the edge of Marlborough, called Stonebridge Meadows, this summer.
The new Great British Bee Count smartphone app has been launched. Designed to help build a nationwide picture of bees’ health, the results will do an important job to help scientists fill in the blanks about where bees are thriving – and where they’re in trouble.