A study into the effects of climate change on the survival, and hibernation of Hedgehogs needs you to record any sightings of our most easily recognised native mammal. The results from the survey, will be used to help scientists understand the hedgehog’s life cycle better, including hibernation.
Despite an extensive collection of records and knowledge about wildlife, new data and records are constantly revealing new information about Wiltshire’s wildlife, such as the distribution or behavior of a species. Data collected has revealed that the Minotaur Beetle, traditionally thought of as a strictly summer beetle in the UK, is active throughout the winter months.
Last month WSBRC was able to confirm the first record of Sea Fern-grass in Wiltshire. Interest in the story has not only focused on how far the plant has been found outside of its natural range, but also on how human activities have facilitated this and shows the importance of regular wildlife recording as this can reveal unexpected effects of human activities on wildlife.
To most of us the sight of a bumblebee is a clear sign of spring or summer and the warm weather that we at least hope for at these times of the year. However since the late 1990’s an increasing number of sightings have been recorded of Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed Bumblebee) during the winter months, particularly during December and January.
The first county record for Sea Fern-grass (Catapodium marinum) has been confirmed on the Protected Road Verge at Thorny Down on the A30 near Salisbury.