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 a Humming-bird Hawk-moth - Macroglossum stellatarum that was seen outside our office in Devizes on 25th March
Tracks and Signs Training Day
On Sunday 11th May, the Wiltshire Mammal Group are running a Tracks and Signs training day at Lower Moor Farm. Starting at 10.00am the morning will consist of talks and a discussion about the mammal atlas. In the afternoon there will be a walk around the reserve looking at and identifying the type of signs that are around to be seen. The day should end around 4pm back at the centre.
The cost for the training is £10.00 or free for Wiltshire Mammal Group members. Places are limited to 15 so booking is essential. Full information, and how to book can be found on the Wiltshire Mammal Group page.
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.