Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS) is a Local Environmental 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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Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative Call For Data

The Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative (NNNSI) is issuing a call for data on freshwater invasive species. These data will help inform freshwater Biosecurity Plans for the western catchments of Norfolk and Suffolk, including sections of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. New records will also be added to the NBIS database.

For more information including a list of priority species and how to submit your records please click here

Alongside the call for data, NNNSI are also running a survey on invasive non-native species. If you have 10 minutes to spare, the survey is available at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BiosecuritySurvey

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The April E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (03/05/16)

Download and read no. 53 here. 


A collection of interesting biodiversity news from April (03/05/16)


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/airport-lights-birds-faa?CMP=share_btn_tw FAA aims to save millions of birds by changing static red airport lights. The Guardian 24 Mar 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/28/bison-to-return-to-montana-after-140-years-in-the-canadian-wilderness?CMP=share_btn_tw Bison to return to Montana after 140 years in the Canadian wilderness. The Guardian 28 Mar 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35917107 Tests find trees tolerant to olive tree killer pathogen. BBC Environment 29 Mar 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/29/giant-remote-controlled-beetles-could-replace-drones/ Giant remote-controlled beetles and 'biobot' insects could replace drones. The Telegraph 30 Mar 2016

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/rspb-big-garden-birdwatch-2016-results-small-garden-birds-thriving-in-uk-thanks-to-warm-winter-a6961026.html The birds soaring because of climate change - and why that has scientists worried. The Independent 31 Mar 2016

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/soil-crisis-brought-about-by-climate-change-may-hit-global-food-production-claims-alarming-new-a6970376.html Soil crisis brought about by climate change may hit global food production, claims alarming new research. The Independent 5 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/06/tigers-declared-extinct-in-cambodia?CMP=share_btn_tw Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia. The Guardian 6 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/06/first-sumatran-rhino-found-in-borneo-in-40-years-has-died?CMP=share_btn_tw First Sumatran rhino found in Borneo in 40 years has died. The Guardian 6 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/07/gibraltar-ends-annual-balloon-release-on-environmental-grounds?CMP=share_btn_tw Gibralter ends annual balloon release on environmental grounds. The Guardian 7 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/10/great-apes-face-existential-threat-as-populations-plunge-ebola-vaccines?CMP=share_btn_tw Last hope for great apes is vaccination against the rapid onslaught of disease. The Guardian 10 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35958741 Tiny birds tracked on mammoth Sahara flight. BBC Environment 13 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/14/manus-island-giant-rat-rattus-detentus-detainees?CMP=share_btn_tw New species of Manus Island rat named after detainees in 'solidarity' gesture. The Guardian 13 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36035968 Bat-sound library tracks biodiversity. BBC Environment 14 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36038237 More moose on the loose in a warmer Alaska. BBC Environment 14 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36046746 Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved. BBC Environment 14 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/17/australian-night-parrot-legend-lives-on-but-bird-remains-as-elusive-as-ever?CMP=share_btn_tw Australian night parrot legend lives on but bird remains as elusive as ever. The Guardian 16 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/22/northern-quolls-released-into-kakadu-in-bid-to-save-species-from-extinction?CMP=share_btn_tw Northern quolls released into Kakadu in bid to save species from extinction. The Guardian 22 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36130346 Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'. BBC ENvironment 25 APr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/26/thousands-of-corroboree-frog-eggs-released-in-fight-to-save-endangered-species?CMP=share_btn_tw Thousands of corroboree frog eggs released in fight to save endangered species. The Guardian 26 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36138082 'Human swan' Sacha Dench to join 4,500-mile migration. BBC News 26 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/27/monserrats-last-two-mountain-chicken-frogs-to-be-reunited-to-save-species?CMP=share_btn_tw Monserrat's last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species. The Guardian 27 Apr 2016


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/great-barrier-reef-aerial-survey-reveals-extent-of-coral-bleaching?CMP=share_btn_tw Great Barrier Reef: aerial survey reveals extent of coral bleaching. The Guardian 25 Mar 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/12/red-crabs-swarm-panama?CMP=share_btn_tw Diving scientists record 'cloud' of thousands of swarming crabs. The Guardian 12 Apr 2016

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/great-barrier-reef-half-of-natural-wonder-is-dead-or-dying-and-it-is-on-the-brink-of-extinction-a6992411.html Great Barrier Reef: Half of natural wonder is 'dead or dying' and it is on the brink of extinction, scientists say. The Independent 20 Apr 2016

http://www.guardian.com/environment/2016/apr/21/vietnam-investigates-mass-fish-deaths-pollution?CMP=share_btn_tw Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths. The Guardian 21 Apr 2016

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Online recording questionnaire - County Wildlife Action

We are very keen to find out what you think of our online recording facility!

It would really help if you could take a few moments to complete and submit this short questionnaire so we can gauge what we could do to improve it.  The system is a very new format for us to receive records, so any constructive comments or thoughts will really help us improve the system for the future.

Online recording questionnaire - Churchyards Survey

We are very keen to find out what you think of our online recording facility!

It would really help if you could take a few moments to complete and submit this short questionnaire so we can gauge what we could do to improve it.  The system is a very new format for us to receive records, so any constructive comments or thoughts will really help us improve the system for the future.

Upcoming Events

Birds, Bats and Breakfast, 7th May 2016, 6.00 - 12.00 Whitwell Common NR10 4RF

Open morning at Whitwell Common. There will be a Dawn Chorus walk followed by a bacon roll (or veggie option) before identifying the moths caught on the Common the previous night and learning about the bats that hunt them. You are welcome to stay on and explore the Common at your leisure.

Wheatfen Bioblitz and Open Day, 15th May 2016, 10.00 Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Surlingham

The Friends of the Ted Ellis Trust working in conjunction with the Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists' Society aim to bring together the specialist recorder, interested naturalist and complete novice to showcase Norfolk's wealth of natural history knowledge and the species present at Wheatfen http://www.nnns.org.uk/event/list

Day flying moths of the Brecks and the Dingy Skipper, 21st May 2016, Mundford Village Hall & Cranwich Camp

Free ID workshop. Details to be finalised shortly. Free event but booking is essential. For more details and to book see http://tinyurl.com/gt34zcb

Bees of the Brecks - Summer Breck Heath Loving Bees, 16th-17th July 2016, 10.00 - 16.00, Cranwich Heath

A weekend course designed to help you identify, record and conserve bees. The course leader is Steven Falk, one of Britain's leading experts in insect conservation and pollinators. This course focuses on summer-flying bees who like sandy Breck heath and forest ride habitats. Free event but booking is essential. For more details and to book see: http://tinyurl.com/zcqezrq

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