Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre is the county’s local environmental records centre. Please take a look around our website to find out what we do, how we do it and how you can get involved in biological recording or go about accessing information from us.

 

Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild

This June, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust along with the other Wildlife Trusts across the country challenge you to go wild!

30 Days Wild Banner

 

Can you do something wild every day throughout June?  The Wildlife Trusts are giving away a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus there will be lots of ideas direct from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to inspire you to stay wild all through June (and beyond!). We obviously want you to get out and record some wildlife for us (see Submit Records) but there are loads of other ideas for you to try out with your family, friends and work colleagues.

To get your free 30 Days Wild pack, which includes stickers, a wallchart and some wildflower seeds to help you go wild, visit the 30 Days Wild Page and sign up!

 

Wiltshire Mammal Atlas 2nd Edition

This new, updated atlas promotes the importance of Wiltshire, its habitats and mammal species, to a wide audience, highlighting the importance of safeguarding important sites for mammals, now and in the future.

Brown Hare, David Kjaer/ WWT

This publication was created through the hard work and perseverance of Wiltshire Mammal Group and Wiltshire Bat Group volunteer members, supported by WSBRC, with financial support from Wiltshire Natural History Publications Trust.

The document represents many hundreds of hours of volunteer engagement, survey work, data gathering, verification and analysis alongside the expertise and time of those who were involved in writing the content. The publication is being made available in digital form at no charge.

Please show your support of this publication and all the hard work that has gone into producing it by making a donation today via our appeal page on WWT's website. Your donations will help support WSBRC to produce future county atlas publications and to update this publication in future. The document can also be accessed for download via this page.

 

Changes to our Data Search Policy

Please note that as of 6th April 2017 our policy on data searches has changed.

Recently our main funding partner, Wiltshire Council, announced a decrease in their funding to WSBRC of almost 60% and with no immediate replacement funding this is leading to a projected funding shortfall for this year and future years. The expected deficit has been reduced but not eliminated by a further reduction in WSBRC staffing from 3 staff to 2.5 full time equivalents from April forward.

The drop in Wiltshire Council funding (totalling 70% in the last 5 years) along with the loss of Natural England as a partner last year and static funding levels from other partners means the core costs of running WSBRC each year are simply not being met. These need to be covered by users of the service to ensure we can continue to function and remain sustainable and provide support to the recording community in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Income Expenditure 2017

 

Accordingly we have reviewed our data search policy and charging structure and it is necessary that we restrict the amount of unpaid data searches and other services we undertake. At present we have made the decision not to increase the costs of most of our standard data search products (which faced an increase last year) but reserve the right to review this throughout the year.

If you use our service or intend to do so in future please make yourself aware of the updated information contained within our data search pages.

 

Getting Started in Recording

Devenish Reserve, Barry Craske/ WWT

If you're new to biological recording submitting records might seem a bit daunting to start with and you might need a little support to give you the confidence in your developing ID skills.

There are many ways to get involved in recording or make a contribution to nature conservation: 

* Join Living Record and submit records to us

* Get involved with a local recording group

* Volunteer for us in our office or get involved with another Wiltshire Wildlife Trust project or conservation task

* Keep an eye on our homepage, Twitter feed (below) and Facebook page (WiltsBRC) for information on surveys and other activities  


  • Data search button
  • Living Record button

  

 

Recent Updates

Wildlife Highlights - What to look out for during June 01/06/17

Protected Road Verges - update list of sites needing monitoring 27/4/17

County Recorder Leaflet -    new recorder listings 25/4/17

Data Searches - Policy and charging structure updated 06/04/17

 

 

Graphomya maculata, Lysana Robinson/ WSBRC

 

Grass snake eating frog , WSBRC Karen Shaw