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.
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.
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.
In November 2015, Anne Appleyard and Pat Woodruffe came across these rather unassuming fungi on the bark of juniper bushes in South 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.