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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 - TG1101 Wymondham

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 June, our Grid Square of the Month is TG1101 (Wymondham)

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 square includes Wymondham town centre as well as Tolls Meadow Local Nature Reserve and County Wildlife Site (in the bottom left of the square). Tolls Meadow is described as a 'species rich wet meadow and woodland' site. so there should be plenty to see!  If you’re living in, working in or visiting this grid square, keep an eye open for wildlife and let us know what you spot.

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 - TG1807 (Norwich)

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 April, our Grid Square of the Month is TG1807 (Norwich)

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 square includes part of Earlham Park and the River Yare, UEA Playing Fields and woods, the John Innes Centre and part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. If you’re living in, working in or visiting this grid square, keep an eye open for wildlife and let us know what you spot.

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

 

The April/May E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (05/06/15)

Download and read no. 44 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 April/May (05/06/15)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32145984 Endangered butterfly species records 10-year high. BBC Environment 2 Apr 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



The Beautiful Burial Ground: Simple ways to create a haven for wildlife, for heritage – 10th June, Horstead
Run jointly by Caring for God’s Acre and Norfolk Wildlife Trust, this one-day conference is aimed at those interested in managing or already managing churchyards and burial grounds. There will be a range of speakers and workshops relating to managing churchyards for wildlife and heritage.
Find out more and book at http://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/index.php/events/conferences.html


Royal Norfolk Show – 1st and 2nd July, Norfolk Showground
While the Biodiversity Team won’t be attending the Royal Norfolk Show this year, our colleagues in Norfolk Trails, along with a number of other wildlife and conservation organisations, will be there so make sure you go and say hello!
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