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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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GRID SQUARE OF THE MONTH - TG2311 Old Catton

Many thanks to all of you who have submitted records of our Species of the Month over the last couple of years. We are trying something new for 2015 – grid square of the month. Each month we will highlight a 1km grid square somewhere in Norfolk, and ask you to help record as many species as possible from within that grid square. At the end of the year we will see which grid square has the highest number of records submitted.

For August, our Grid Square of the Month is TG2311 (Old Catton)

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

NB: To see a larger version of the above grid square map, please click here

This grid square in Norwich contains the south east part of Catton Park, as well as some of the residential area beside it. It also extends within the ring road to New Sprowston and St Clements Park.

It doesn’t have to be a rare or unusual species – records of common and widespread species are just as important. From blackbirds to oak trees, hedgehogs to ladybirds, let’s see how many species can be recorded within the grid square!

Remember, trespassing is a crime, so only go to areas accessible to the public.

GRID SQUARE OF THE MONTH - TG3306 Strumpshaw Fen

Many thanks to all of you who have submitted records of our Species of the Month over the last couple of years. We are trying something new for 2015 – grid square of the month. Each month we will highlight a 1km grid square somewhere in Norfolk, and ask you to help record as many species as possible from within that grid square. At the end of the year we will see which grid square has the highest number of records submitted.

For August, our Grid Square of the Month is TG3306 (Strumpshaw Fen)

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

NB: To see a larger version of the above grid square map, please click here

A popular RSPB Reserve, Strumpshaw Fen is home to a fantastic array of wildlife, including rarities such as swallowtail butterfly and bittern. This grid square includes much of the walk around the broads and marsh area, including the two main bird hides, and part of the River Yare. There is a small charge for non RSPB members to enter the reserve, which is open from dawn until dusk.

It doesn’t have to be a rare or unusual species – records of common and widespread species are just as important. From blackbirds to oak trees, hedgehogs to ladybirds, let’s see how many species can be recorded within the grid square!

Remember, trespassing is a crime, so only go to areas accessible to the public.

News

 

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 The August E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (01/09/15)

 Download and read no. 47 here. 

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

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from August (01/09/15)

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/31/first-sighting-for-150-years-of-fly-thought-to-be-extinct?CMP=share_btn_tw First sighting for 150 years of fly thought to be extinct. The Guardian 31 Jul 2015

 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2015/aug/03/flying-ant-day-summer-swarms?CMP=share_btn_tw Flying Ant Day: the science behind the summer swarms. The Guardian 3 Aug 2015
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/04/killing-of-cecil-the-lion-sparks-05m-in-donations-to-oxford-wildlife-researchers?CMP=share_btn_tw Killing of Cecil the lion sparks £0.5m in donations to Oxford wildlife researchers. The Guardian 4 Aug 2015
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33776466 Hainan gibbon decline charted in Chinese records. BBC Environment 5 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/creatures-of-the-deep-cry-silently-for-help-rocky-reef-habitat-in-grave-danger-10446856.html Creatures of the deep cry silently for help: Rocky reef habitat in grave danger. The Independent 8 Aug 2015
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33842615 Bangladesh police kill six alleged tiger poachers. BBC News 10 Aug 2015
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/10/night-parrot-capture-and-tagging-hailed-as-holy-grail-moment-for-bird-lovers?CMP=share_btn_tw Night parrot capture and tagging hailed as 'holy grail' moment for bird lovers. The Guardian 10 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/10/uk-butterfly-species-at-risk-of-extinction-due-to-climate-change-says-study?CMP=share_btn_tw UK butterfly species at risk of extinction owing to climate change, says study. The Guardian 10 Aug 2015
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33850082 Short-haired bumblebee numbers increase at Dungeness. BBC News 11 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/13/rare-brydes-whale-frees-itself-after-being-stranded-in-great-barrier-reef?CMP=share_btn_tw Rare Bryde's whale frees itself after being stranded in Great Barrier Reef. The Guardian 12 Aug 2015
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/12/animal-rights-groups-denounce-nsw-surfers-call-for-shark-cull-as-morally-wrong?CMP=share_btn_tw Animal rights groups denounce NSW surfers' call for shark cull as 'morally wrong'. The Guardian 12 Aug 2015
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11806220/Invasive-weed-attacking-UKs-green-and-pleasant-lands.html Invasive weed attacking UK's green and pleasant lands. The Telegraph 16 Aug 2015
 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bison-in-yellowstone-what-can-the-us-do-with-its-surplus-animals-as-herds-continue-to-grow-10458170.html Bison in Yellowstone: What can the US do with its surplus animals as herds continue to grow? The Telegraph 16 Aug 2015
 
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/california-condor-shock-therapy-helping-to-bring-rare-vulture-back-from-the-brink-10458196.html California condor: Shock therapy helping to bring rare vulture back from the brink. The Independent 16 Aug 2015
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/11803252/Anger-over-Natural-History-Museum-plans-to-bulldoze-wildlife-garden.html Anger over Natural History Museum plans to bulldoze wildlife garden. The Telegraph 17 Aug 2015
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/18/stinging-indictment-poll-reveals-public-ignorance-about-bees-in-the-uk?CMP=share_btn_tw Stinging indictment: poll reveals public ignorance about bees in the UK. The Guardian 18 Aug 2015
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/11809525/Coral-reefs-are-likely-to-disappear-from-the-Earth-despite-climate-change-talks.html Coral reefs are 'likely to disappear from the Earth' despite climate change talks. The Telegraph 18 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11811676/Worlds-rarest-wild-cat-saved-from-extinction-along-Russian-Chinese-border.html World's rarest wild cat saved from extinction alog Russian-Chinese border. The Telegraph 19 Aug 2015
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-33988083 Jellyfish at record high, says Marine Conservation Society. BBC News 20 Aug 2015
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33996020 Marine mammals thriving in Thames. BBC Environment 20 Aug 2015
 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/20/alien-plants-spreading-across-the-world-causing-billions-in-damage-says-study?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other 'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study. The Guardian 20 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34020774 Wolf pack sighting could signal comeback in California. BBC News 21 Aug 2015
 
 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/animal-magic/2015/aug/26/two-of-australias-three-wombat-species-under-threat-from-killer-disease?CMP=share_btn_tw Two of Australia's three wombat species under threat from killer disease. The Guardian 26 Aug 2015
 

 

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’.

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.

THE URBAN INVADERS SURVEY SPECIES ARE:

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

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.

Events


 Charles Burrell Centre Open Day 2015 - 6 Sept, 10am-3pm, Thetford
Come along and find out from NBIS how you can become a Wildlife Recorder of Tomorrow
http://tinyurl.com/pyonuhp

 Crowdsourcing Data Capture Summit - 25 Sept, 9.30am-4pm, Manchester Museum
Seeking to kick-start collaborations to mobilise the NBN's extensive undigitised data holdings using crowdsourcing platforms
http://tinyurl.com/nmajawt

 Community Action for Wildlife - 26 Sept, 10am-3pm, Green Britian Centre, Swaffham
Do you manage green space for wildlife or are you interested in doing so? Free event but booking is essential. Lunch is provided.
Contact wild@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or 01603 598333 to book.
http://tinyurl.com/npu26sv

Norwich Bat Group Events
Summer bat walks with the Norwich bat group
http://www.norwichbatgroup.co.uk/events/

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