Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

WSBRC Surveys

Upton Scudamore road verge volunteers, Jane Cole/ WSBRC

Our projects suit a variety of expertise. If enough sites are regularly monitored, we can build up a picture of the changing face of Wiltshire. Although the WSBRC receives records from a great many sources, the majority are provided by volunteers involved in one of its projects. 

By drawing together and mapping the distribution of species and habitats across the county, it is possible to identify where conservation effort needs to be targeted and where scarce resources are best allocated.

Knowing where key habitats and species are located is also important in ensuring that wildlife interests are properly considered in the local authority planning process. 


Map the Gap

The ‘Map the Gap’ project aims to recruit, train and support volunteers to carry out phase 1 habitat surveys of specified sites across Wiltshire toprovide good quality, up-to-date, habitat information for the whole of Wiltshire and Swindon. Find out how to get involved


Protected Road Verge Scheme

Monitors look after specific wildlife rich Protected Road Verges. Run in conjunction with Wiltshire Council and its highways contractor, Atkins, sites are visited at least once a year and brief reports are sent to the Records Centre. Find out more about the project