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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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 March, our Grid Square of the Month is TF6219 in King’s Lynn

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 most of The Walks and also some of the urban streets in King’s Lynn. 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.

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:



The February E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (27/02/15)

Download and read no. 42 here. 

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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

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.


Norfolk Biodiversity Forum, 11th March 2015, 9.30am-4pm, Abbey Conference Centre Norwich
Organised by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership, this years’ forum will focus on Landscape and Species – Managing
for both in Norfolk. There is a £10 booking fee, which includes lunch and all refreshments. The agenda and booking
form are available at http://tinyurl.com/prrk829

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