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.


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.


Oil Beetle Sightings

Meloe proscarabaeus Black Oil Beetle, Marc Arbuckle

Oil Beetles are now emerging and we need your records please!

If you think you've spotted one of these attractive little insects please let us know. Also send in a photo if possible please, particularly of the rear of the pronotum (thorax) so we can separate the Violet Oil Beetle from the Black Oil Beetle.

Download the Buglife Oil Beetle Guide to help you with your identification of these beetles.

For more information visit Buglife's Oil beetle survey page.

Please submit your Wiltshire records and photos directly to our new County Beetle Recorder, Marc Arbuckle (arbuckle@mac.com) for verification. 


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 May 01/05/17

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