Wiltshire and Swindon BRC News http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/News/News.aspx Keeping you up to date with news from the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre en-gb Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:45 GMT Copyright: (C) Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre http://www.wsbrc.org.uk 1440 Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/images/WSBRC.gif http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/Default.aspx An Amphibian and Reptile Atlas for Wiltshire 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. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/loRRtsHw60K8AfX1zPIwdA%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/loRRtsHw60K8AfX1zPIwdA%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT Wiltshire Recorders’ Forum 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. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/8%2b%2byU05n0EWEcChpjbwhuA%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/8%2b%2byU05n0EWEcChpjbwhuA%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT WWT Reserve Recording: an inventory for 2006-2016 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.
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The Big Butterfly Count 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. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/m4jUpVEVlkScRoqCBGnbKw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/m4jUpVEVlkScRoqCBGnbKw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mycena juniperina – a new species for the UK spotted in Wiltshire In November 2015, Anne Appleyard and Pat Woodruffe came across these rather unassuming fungi on the bark of juniper bushes in South Wiltshire.

http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/6NTHi6OKvUybBPEXSvA5Gw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/6NTHi6OKvUybBPEXSvA5Gw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT
Bat Special Areas of Conservation - Planning Guidance for Wiltshire This new developer’s guidance focuses on the internationally designated sites of Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Special Area of Conservation, Chilmark Quarries SAC and Mottisfont SAC. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/7pYsQ9F_NkyXJzWCsDx60w%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/7pYsQ9F_NkyXJzWCsDx60w%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Bioblitz Results On 8th July 2015, a private site near the Firs WWT reserve played host to a BioBlitz event undertaken by Tim Kaye and the Wildlife Trust’s Wellbeing Project. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/8xwjLCrUuEawDwWgFPxulg%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/8xwjLCrUuEawDwWgFPxulg%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rarities galore! Over recent days we have received reports that some of the rarest mammals in Britain have been recorded in Wiltshire, and we’ve also received the first Wiltshire record of an Assassin Bug. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/Ct7HCzzU9UGzMS45_GNQNQ%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/Ct7HCzzU9UGzMS45_GNQNQ%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Look Out for Bee Orchids 2015 is turning out to be a boom year for bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) in Wiltshire. At WSBRC we are receiving many reports of them; in mid-June, 197 flowers were counted on one site, some near their maximum height of around 50cm. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/PPxwgCC%2bmEaykUWRdVGmAw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/PPxwgCC%2bmEaykUWRdVGmAw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT First for Blackmoor Copse A Minotaur Beetle has been recorded for the first time in the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Blackmoor Copse Reserve, this is also the first record received by WSBRC since 1999, making it an even more interesting find. http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/w7xB19bI50WqBf3KwUoEaw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx http://www.wsbrc.org.uk/w7xB19bI50WqBf3KwUoEaw%3d%3d/NewsArticle.aspx Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT