To protect a species we have to know where it occurs. An atlas draws together historic and modern data to map the distribution of a group of species across whole or part of Wiltshire. This forms a baseline allowing direction of future survey efforts and informing planning and policy making.
As a hub of biological data within the county WSBRC has been, and is, well placed to help in the creation of such atlases. These include:
Wiltshire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas
Mammals in Wiltshire
Cotswold Water Park Bat Atlas
Cotswold Water Park Dragonfly Atlas
WSBRC and our partners work hard to ensure that species and habitats within the county are continuously monitored and protected. It is this continuous monitoring of certain species and mapping the habitats found within Wiltshire that contributes to long term data sets. This provides an understanding of how the landscape is changing and what can be done to protect it. Projects include:
Map the Gap
Protected Road Verge Scheme
Wiltshire & Swindon Wildlife Sites
Wiltshire & Swindon Local Geological Sites
Research & External Data Use
As well as using biological data from across Wiltshire ourselves, WSBRC shares it with organisations such as the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) who in turn share data with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
This allows our data to be used as part of research and projects beyond the scope of what could be achieved alone. Data held by WSBRC has been used in projects including: a global encyclopedia of Owls, research modelling the impacts of global change on plants and a scientific paper studying the distribution of the rare bee Osmia pilicornis.
A more complete list of example of external data use can be found here.
Some of our previous projects…
WWT Source to Sea
Wiltshire State of the Environment Report
Wiltshire & Swindon Biodiversity Action Plans
River Monitoring Scheme
Wiltshire Invasive Plants Project
Constituency/community narratives for Wiltshire
New Life for Chalk Grassland
Rebuilding Biodiversity in North Wiltshire
NWD AONB Chalk Grassland Strategy
Swindon Principal Urban Area
SW Nature Map
South West Habitat Inventory
Wiltshire Green Infrastructure Mapping