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 - Chinese Water Deer


Have you seen a Chinese Water Deer this month?

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

Our species of the month for December/January is the Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis)

A cousin of Rudolph, as it's name suggests the Chinese water deer is not originally from around these parts. However the UK population of the species now forms more than 10% of the world population - more than in their native China, where they are declining.
Unlike other deer species, male Chinese water deer don't grow antlers, instead having tusks (modified canine teeth) which are used for fighting. They stand 50-55cm tall at the shoulder and have large round ears.
Less often seen than our other small non-native deer the muntjac, Chinese water deer like wet, marshy habitat and shy away from more populated areas. They are best seen at dawn and dusk in the Norfolk Broads. The height of the rutting season is November and December, where males use their tusks to fight for mates and territories.
You can read more about the Chinese water deer on the Biodiversity Team Blog at http://norfolkbiodiversity.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/and-if-you-ever-saw-...
If you spot a Chinese water deer please record sightings (with a photo if possible) using our online recording form below:


NBIS Christmas office closure (15/12/2014)

Please note that NBIS will be closed between Saturday 20th December and Sunday 4th January.  We will reopen for business on Monday 5th January 2015. 

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The December E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (18/12/14)

Download and read no. 40 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 Nov/Dec (18/12/14)

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/fanged-deer-returns-after-65year-a... Fanged deer returns after 65-year absence. The Independent Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141117-giant-earwig-declared-extinct World's largest earwig is declared extinct. BBC Earth Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29846902 Could sound design help captive rhino breeding? BBC Environment 1 Nov 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11203335/Robin-flies-to-t... Robin flies to top of poll on Britain's 'national bird'. The Telegraph 2 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29847474 Plan bee: New measures to protect pollinators. BBC Environment 4 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/04/wildlife-trusts-calls... UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales 'need legal protection'. The Guardian 4 Nov 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/11208277/Ladybird-spider... Ladybird spider, water vole and marsh fritillary butterfly numbers increase in mild weather. The Telegraph 5 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/06/climate-change-is-dis... Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows. The Guardian 6 Nov 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/11213512/Wolves... Wolves roaming wild in Denmark for first time in 200 years. The Telegraph 6 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29931995 Bats sabotage rivals' senses with sound in food race. BBC Environment 7 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/07/bird-decline-common-s... Bird decline poses loss not just for environment, but human soul. The Guardian 7 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29990334 Stink bug pest 'could get to UK'. BBC Environment 10 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30002335 Six Scottish wildcat conservation areas identified. BBC News 11 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/17/endangered-species-co... More than 22,000 species feature in conservationists' 'under threat' list. The Gaurdian 17 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30088961 Wildlife crime wanted list released. BBC Environment 17 Nov 2014

http://www.fishupdate.com/study-reveals-decline-in-european-lobster/ Study reveals decline in European lobster. FISHupdate 17 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/18/california-salmon-run... California salmon run flounders as rivers run warmer and lower. The Guardian 18 Nov 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/scientists-uncover-viru... Scientists uncover virus responsible for killing millions of starfish. The Independent 18 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/nov/19/british-under... British underwater photography competition winners - in pictures. The Guardian 19 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/20/record-1020-rhino-kil... Record 1020 rhino killed in South Africa. The Guardian 20 Nov 2014

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reports-identify-where-wildlife-can-s... Reports identify where wildlife can survive in a changing climate. Natural England via Gov.UK 21 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30166120 Fish and chips harming eider ducks - wildlife expert. BBC ENvironment 23 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/23/extinct-spectacled-ha... 'Extint' spectacles hare-wallaby spotted in Western Australia. The Guardian 23 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30174489?ocid=socialflow_t... Salmon return to UK rivers after conservation projects. BBC Environment 24 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30172690 Peru investigates deaths of 500 sea lions on north coast. BBC News 24 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/25/crocodile-attack-data... Crocodile attack database 'will aid conservation efforts and save lives' The Guardian 25 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/25/rspca-report-sharp-sp... RSPCA reports sharp spike in number of hedgehog rescues. The Guardian 25 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-30191678 RSPB Boyton and Hollesley Marshes lapwings have record breeding season. BBC News 25 Nov 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/26/bee-parasite-will-flo... Bee parasite will flourish under global warming, study warns. The Guardian 26 Nov 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-truth-about-sharks-f... The truth about sharks: Far from being 'killing machines', they have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning. The Independent 28 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30197341 Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away. BBC Environment 28 Nov 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-30203619 Welney reserve eyes black-tailed godwit breeding boost. BBC News 29 Nov 2014

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/its-time-we-started-caring-more-ab... It's time we started caring more about the giraffe. The Independent Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/02/population-of-potorroo once thought extint passes 100. The Guardian 2 Dec 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30335335 Electric eels 'remotely control their prey'. BBC Environment 4 Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/04/scientists-plan-searc... Scientists plan to go in search of the world's rarest chameleon. The Guardian 4 Dec 2014

http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4229 UK Biodiversity Indicators online updated. JNCC 4 Dec 2014

http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/partners-publish-final-scott... Partners publish final Scottish Beaver Trial report. Scottish Wildlife Trust 5 Dec 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/11277929/Man-made-nois... Man-made noise prompting songbirds to change timing of dawn chorus. The Telegraph 7 Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/09/argentinian-fire-ants... 'Highly aggressive' stinging Argentinian fire ants found at Sydney port. The Guardian 8 Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/08/perth-zoo-release-cap... Release the numbats: Perth zoo prepares to put captive-bred animals back in wild. The Guardian 8 Dec 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30381476 Global science programme to focus on urban wellbeing. BBC Environment 9 Dec 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30448245 World War One centenary wood planting starts in Epsom. BBC News 12 Dec 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/11291281/Europes-worst-ever-sea-... Europe's worst ever sea bird disaster caused by last winter's storms. The Telegraph 12 Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/15/northern-white-rhinos... Northern white rhino's death leaves just five in the world. The Guardian 15 Dec 2014

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Local Sites in Positive Conversation Management (PCM) – 2013/14 Norfolk figures released (30/10/14)

Local authorities should take note of the below figures for the government biodiversity indicator Single Data List (SDL) 160; especially as government guidance only published on 13th October 2014 states that public authorities can use this indicator to measure their commitment to the “biodiversity duty”, part of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 - more details about this guidance here.
On behalf of Norfolk County Council, NBIS undertakes the analysis of this indicator (with assistance from Norfolk Wildlife Trust) and reports the findings directly to Defra, as required under the SDL.  The 2013/14 figures (for the period of 5 years up to March 31st 2014) have recently been reported on and can be viewed for Norfolk and by district in the PDF download ‘SDL-160 2013-14 district summary’. A map of sites in and NOT in PCM for the whole of Norfolk can be downloaded here: ‘SDL-160 2013-14 Results Map’.  A PDF showing the changes in PCM over time is available to download here: ‘PCM Trends 2014’.
Any questions please email NBIS on nbis@norfolk.gov.uk

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The October E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (30/10/14)

Download and read no. 39 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 Sept/Oct (30/10/14)

NNNSI "Urban Invaders" Invasive Alien Species Survey

Humans are increasingly moving species outside their natural range, sometimes deliberately and sometimes accidentally. In the absence of their natural enemies, some species can spread rapidly and cause problems. These species are termed

Invasive non-native species are considered to be one of the most important causes of biodiversity loss worldwide, second only to habitat destruction and fragmentation.
They can also have significant economic impacts. One recent estimate put their cost at almost £2 billion a year in the UK alone!

Urban areas are a hotspot for invasive non-native plants. Our new survey - Urban Invaders - aims to help improve the quality of our data on some of the most damaging invasive plants found in Norfolk. We need YOU to help by telling us when
and where you see them.


New Zealand Pigmyweed/Australian Swamp-stonecrop (Crassula helmsii)
Floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides)
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)
Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Download the Urban Invaders Leaflet here

NBIS Hedgehog Survey


Have you seen me this spring?

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

Hedgehogs appear to be declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers are globally— at around 5% per year.   There may be less than a million left in the whole of the UK*.

 The hedgehog was voted “Britain’s National Species” after a recent poll organised by the BBC Wildlife Magazine, reflecting its popularity.
Please help us learn more about hedgehog populations in Norfolk by sending in your sightings.

Any records you send to NBIS will assist with an action plan to help safeguard Norfolk’s hedgehogs.:

Norfolk Species Surveillance Network

NBIS needs you!

Norfolk Species Surveillance Network 


NBIS are continuing to develop their Multi-taxon species monitoring initiative known as the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network (NSSN), launched in 2013.

We are expanding this network and the recording levels on them, hence needing as many people as possible to volunteer to monitor species change across Norfolk.  We are looking for individuals or local parish/conservation groups to get involved.  No previous experience of the methodology is necessary, just a passion for wildlife.


Water Ways, Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth
Art and Nature on the Broads. Various events and exhibitions Nov 2014 - Apr 2015.

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