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An Amphibian and Reptile Atlas for Wiltshire

15 Sep 2017

There are thirteen native species of amphibians and reptiles (known as herpetofauna) in the UK and of these nine are found within Wiltshire. There has never been an atlas of Wiltshire amphibians and reptiles published and with several new non-native species turning up in the county an assessment of our herpetofauna seemed overdue.

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Wiltshire Recorders’ Forum 2017

13 Mar 2017

Hosted by WSBRC and Wild Connections in Devizes, the Wiltshire Recorders’ Forum highlighted once again how the county’s naturalists and recording schemes continue to be a highly committed and valuable part of the nature conservation community, underpinning wider efforts in the county.

Pond Dipping at LMF, Magnificent Meadows Event Ralph Harvey, WWT

WWT Reserve Recording: an inventory for 2006-2016

1 Sep 2016

After a few recent reserve purchases, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust now owns and/or manages 52 reserves. Scattered across the county and ranging from chalk downland to ancient woodland, restored lakes to working farmland, these sites hold and preserve a diverse and rich array of habitats and species. But this diversity presents quite a task to monitor, with each reserve having its own distinct habitat and history which naturally influences the species assemblage found at each site today.

To help keep track of recording on reserves, we’ve taken a look at the records held by WSBRC for all the Trust’s reserves from the last 10 years. We’ve counted the number of records for within each species group, and totalled them up for each site. In total, the number of records submitted for these reserves is just shy of 60,000, representing a fantastic effort on the part of all individuals and groups that have contributed to this information base.

Peacock butterfly John Notman/ WSBRC

The Big Butterfly Count

18 Jul 2016

It’s no secret that British Butterflies are in trouble; 76% of the UK’s butterfly species have declined in some way since 1976. The declines are being seen across all species groups; whether migrant or resident, specialist or generalist. The factors that are driving the decline of the generalist species are not well understood. However it is widely accepted that changes to habitats as a result of land-use change is causing the decline in the more specialist species.

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Mycena juniperina – a new species for the UK spotted in Wiltshire

13 May 2016

In November 2015, Anne Appleyard and Pat Woodruffe came across these rather unassuming fungi on the bark of juniper bushes in South Wiltshire.

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