Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS) is a Local Record Centre holding information on species, geodiversity, habitats and protected sites for the whole of the county of Norfolk. NBIS is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres and operates within the guidelines of the National Biodiversity Network. NBIS functions with guidance from a Steering Group, serving the need for environmental information in Norfolk through the collection, collation, assessment and interpretation of high quality data.


NBIS provides:

·         A single source of environmental information for Norfolk

·         Collation of available data for Norfolk

·         Validation and evaluation of these data

·         Identification of gaps in knowledge – taxonomic, geographical and temporal

·         A permanent and secure location for data

·         Improved flow of data from individual recorders to users at both local and national levels

·         Quick and easy access to information for all


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Species of the Month - Norfolk Rook Nest Survey 2014


Have you seen Rooks and/or their nests this month?

Click the picture and let us know (or use buttons below):

For our species of the month for April we are supporting the 2014 Norfolk Rook Nest Survey!

Our species of the month for April is the Rook (Corvus frugilegus).

Rooks are sociable birds and nest in groups, making large, obvious nests in trees. The species can be distinguished from the similar carrion crow by its bare greyish-white face and narrower beak. Carrion crows are more solitary so if you see a group of large black birds, they are likely to be rooks!
April is the best time of year to survey for rook nests; in March they have often not finished building, while in May the nests are obscured by tree leaves.
The survey has been run by Malcolm Metcalf (past president of the Great Yarmouth Naturalists' Society) since 2011, and since then the number of nests surveyed has grown as more people take part. We will pass all rook nest records we receive to Malcolm.
To record rooks and their nests click below:

Species of the Month - Egyptian Goose


Have you seen me this month?

Click the picture and let us know by downloading the RINSE app and start recording
(or use buttons below):

Photo: AttributionShare Alike, Some rights reserved, by George Rex

Our species of the month this month is the Egyptian goose!

Our species of the month for March is Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus).

A small, stocky goose with apricot breast, white wing patch and dark eye patch. Egyptian goose was first introduced into England in the late 17th century. During the 19th century birds became increasingly common on private estates, mostly in south and east England from whence they dispersed to establish colonies elsewhere.
We know the numbers are high in Norfolk, but we need YOUR help to build a more accurate picture of their true distribution. This is especially important for this species, which can become problematic in high numbers. Egyptian good can compete with other birds for food and territories, and become an agricultural pest.
RINSE (Reducing the Impact of Non-native Species in Europe) is a cross-border European project part funded through the EU's Two Seas Interreg programme and lead by Norfolk County Council. In parts of Belgium the problems associated with Egyptian goose have become so severe that RINSE partners in the area are carrying out field trials to identify the most effective methods to trap the birds. If we leave things as they are in the UK then we could have the same problems very soon! In the meantime you can help us in Norfolk by downloading 'That's Invasive!' - the RINSE smartphone App - and reporting any sightings of the bird to help us stay informed on the status of this emerging threat.
Now is a good time to record as Egyptian geese start to breed in late March.

For information on how to identify this species, please see the GB Non Native Species Secretariat's Egyptian goose ID sheet
...or further information can be found on their Egyptian goose factsheet

To let us know about your sighting please see the links below:


The March E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (28/03/14)

Download and read no. 33 here. 

You can also fill in our reader survey for the E-bulletin here.

Sign up for our monthly e-bulletin - get the latest biodiversity news by clicking here and sending

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from March (28/03/14)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/26/sea-deaths-ship-prope... - Seal deaths caused by propellers break environmental law, ministers warned - The Guardian 26th Feb 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mystery-behind-ast... - Mystery behind astonishing five-million-year-old whale graveyard revealed - The Independent 26th Feb 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26340039 - Ancient woodland losses 'not accounted for', say campaigners - BBC Environment 26th Feb 2014

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140227092044.htm - Ecological impacts of invasive species can be readily predicted from features of their behavior - Science Daily 27th Feb 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/04/home-computers-scient... - Home computers help scientists assess climate role in UK's wet winter - The Guardian 4th Mar 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10662607/Englands-extinct-spec... - England's extinct species: full list revealed in online project - The Telegraph 26th Feb 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10687133/Half-of-wild-boar-fac... - Half of wild boar face cull in Forest of Dean amid concern over dog attacks and spooked horses - The Telegraph 10th Mar 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/11/new-woodlands-mark-fi... - New British woodlands to mark first world war centenary - The Guardian 11th Mar 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ministers-defeated-in-gre... - Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle - The Independent 18th Mar 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/mar/21/save-adder-extin... - Can we save the adder from extinction in middle England? The Guardian 21st Mar 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/22/warning-signs-street... - Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London's endangered birds - The Guardian 22nd Mar 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/26687503 - Warmer springs boost long-tailed tit survival - BBC Nature 24th Mar 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/scientists-warn-of-homin... - Scientists warn of homing pythons: Experts discover giant snakes 'have compass instinct' - The Independent 20th Mar 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-pl... - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Aircraft forced to abort takeoff after crashing into fish - The Independent 6th Mar 2014

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Important - enquiries price changes (11/03/14)

From 1st April 2014 the price of an NBIS datasearch will be rising to £120 plus VAT. This is our first price rise in five and a half years.
This price rise reflects inflation and the rising costs of continuing to provide a high quality service, which we have consistently strived to improve over the last five and a half years.
For example:
  • We now hold over 2.5 million records, compared to just over 1 million at the end of 2008.
  • The average response time for enquiries since April 2013 was 1 working day.
  • We are now providing extra datasets – Natural England Bat Roost records, Veteran Trees and Geodiversity Sites.
  • After speaking to consultants in 2009 about how we could improve our services we went on to implement many of these in developing the East of England Regional Standard Service for LRCs. These included standardising the minimum datasets provided, a no records – no fee policy, and providing cross-boundary searches with other LRCs in the region for no extra charge.
  • We have increasing amounts of habitat data available. We are currently working on a new habitat and land-use map for Norfolk, which, once completed, will be available for inclusion with enquiries.
  • The fees for commercial enquiries are put into a Local Recorders Fund to support recording in the county. Over the last few years this funding has:
    • Helped to provide equipment for the Norfolk Bat Survey and the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group.
    • Supported research into parasitic ants and their hosts.
    • Funded the publication of ‘A Flora of King’s Lynn’.
    • Supported bee and wasp surveying in Thetford Forest, and a survey of aquatic invertebrates in Thompson Village Pond.
    • Helped to fund training events for SeaSearch.
    • Funded a survey of geodiversity sites in Norfolk.
    • Supported a survey of Norfolk Hawker dragonflies.

The new NBIS charging policy can be found here

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Norfolk Species Surveillance Network

NBIS are taking part in a Defra funded pilot study that aims to establish a volunteer species surveillance network across Norfolk.

We will be recording:

Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts)
Vascular plants
Hymenoptera (bees and wasps)
Day-flying moths

There's a piece missing... record ANY wildlife you have seen here!

You can help us in recording wildlife in Norfolk at anytime of the year -  by sending us records of any sighting, of any species, anywhere in Norfolk.

We also do not just collate information on rare or protected species, nor do we just record species within our public surveys - please send us records of any species.........even a blackbird in your garden!


Upcoming events at Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve.


Coming up soon...

Wild About the Wensum

Wild About the Wensum is back at Pensthorpe on Saturday 26th April 2014, 10am-5pm.
Lots of family friendly wildlife activities and an insight into the wildlife of the Wensum Valley. £4 for parking and free entry into Pensthorpe.

Wymondham Nature Group (WyNG) Nature Day

Sunday 18th May 2014, 1-5pm.
Come and enjoy a really wild family afternoon at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home, East Carleton NR14 8HP.
Walks, crafts, stalls, wildlife information and refreshments. £2 for adults, FREE for children

BEEcome a Young Recorder

Norwich Castle Museum, Wednesday 28th May 2014, 10.30am-3.30pm.
Come and learn how to attract, identify and record solitary bees and wasps. £5 per young person.

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