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.
Badger - Meles melesan adult was seen foraging in a back garden in Coombe Bissett on 21st October
Otters – Food for Thought
On Thursday 20th November, the Wiltshire Mammal Group are hosting a talk on Otters at Lackham College, Chippenham.
The talk will be an exploration into the field signs and ecology of Otters, looking at what is fact and what is fiction. Discussing the role of carnivores in our ecosystems and what would happen if we lost them.
A new report A Vascular Plant Red List for England by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) reveals one in five vascular plant species are threatened with extinction, including the Wiltshire County flower, the Burnt-tip Orchid.
The Small Ranunculus moth (Hecatera dysodea), which has in recent years reappeared after a period of extinction in the UK, has been recently sighted, outside the WSBRC’s office! Not only was this rare species spotted, at least 20 of the small green caterpillars were counted on one plant, a fantastic sighting.
After an absence of 30 years, the rare Down Shieldbug (Canthophorus impressus) has been recorded again at Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve. Last recorded in 1984, an amazing 14 were found by our County Recorder Steve Covey, during a visit to try and find out if this rare species was on the reserve.