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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The January E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (18/01/16)


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 A collection of interesting biodiversity news from Dec & Jan (18/01/16)



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/12030299/A-quarter-of-British-bird-species-at-risk.html A quarter of British bird species 'at risk'. The Telegraph 3 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/08/wildlife-decline-threatens-uks-biodiversity-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw Wildlife decline threatens UK's biodiversity, study finds. The Guardian 8 Dec 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/12044698/Swans-in-the-city-are-genetically-more-streetwise-say-scientists.html Swans in the city are genetically more streetwise, say scientists. The Telegraph 11 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35093468 UK butterflies in '40-year slump'. BBC Environment 15 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35113332 GM insect trials urged for UK. BBC News 17 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/29/jellyfish-flourish-but-wasps-wobble-in-year-of-climate-confusion?CMP=share_btn_tw Jellyfish flourish but wasps wobble in year of climate confusion. The Guardian 29 Dec 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/12085829/A-minke-whale-struck-by-a-ship-has-washed-up-on-a-UK-beach.html A minke whale 'struck by a ship' has washed up on a UK beach. The Telegraph 6 Jan 2016


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/16/cod-and-haddock-catches-to-increase-under-eu-fishing-quotas?CMP=share_btn_tw Cod and haddock catches to increase under EU fishing quotas. The Guardian 16 Dec 2015

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/mediterranean-highway-planned-to-protect-marine-life-from-oil-exploration-a6798166.html Mediterranean 'highway' planned to protect marine life from oil exploration. The Independent 5 Jan 2016


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/30/worlds-oldest-tracked-bird-wisdom-laysan-albatross-midway-atoll?CMP=share_btn_tw When I'm sixty-four: world's oldest tracked bird returns to refuge with mate. The Guardian 30 Nov 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/02/botswana-sells-fracking-rights-in-national-park?CMP=share_btn_tw Botswana sells fracking rights in national park. The Guardian 2 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35009455 Giraffe's long lost cousin found? BBC Environment 4 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/africa-wild/2015/dec/09/the-marsh-pride-end-of-an-era?CMP=share_btn_tw The Marsh Pride: end of an era. The Guardian 9 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/14/government-rarely-intervened-projects-endangered-species?CMP=share_btn_tw US agency rarely intervened in projects that could risk endangered species. The Guardian 14 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35114681 Growing parasite threat to finches made famous by Darwin. BBC Environment 17 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/18/carbon-emissions-loss-of-monkeys-and-birds-in-tropical-forests?CMP=share_btn_tw Loss of monkeys and birds in tropical forests driving up carbon emissions. The Guardian 18 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/20/mountain-lion-kitten-california-los-angeles?CMP=share_btn_tw Mountain lion kitten spotted near Los Angeles fuels conservation hopes. The Guardian 20 Dec 2015

http://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/conservationists-record-breaking-flight-save-swans Conservationists record-breaking flight to save swans. Discover Wildlife 21 Dec 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/21/us-endangered-species-africa-cecil-the-lion?CMP=share_btn_tw US plans to extend endangered species status to lions in Africa. The Guardian 21 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35126134 Conservationists choose their 12 trees of Christmas. BBC Environment 22 Dec 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35216313 Ascension Island to become marine reserve. BBC News 3 Jan 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35235518 Monitor lizards trained not to eat toxic cane toads. BBC Environment 6 Jan 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/06/fish-called-tim-winton-scientists-name-new-species-after-australia-novelist?CMP=share_btn_tw A fish called Tim Winton: scientists name a new species after novelist. The Guardian 6 Jan 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/07/venomous-tropical-sea-snakes-wash-up-australian-beaches?CMP=share_btn_tw Venomous tropical sea snakes wash up on Australian beaches after storms. The Guardian 7 Jan 2016

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Lichens of the Brecks - Churchyard Lichens, 30 January, 10.30 start, St Peters Church, Brandon
Learn about churchyard lichens with Peter Lambley, County Recorder for Lichens in Norfolk. This field meeting will provide an introduction to identifying and recording lichens. This is a taster session and if you are keen to develop your skills there will be further workshops in 2016. All skill levels are welcome, as training will be provided. All you need is an enthusiasm for conservation and the Brecks! This event is FREE but booking is essential.
Email nbis@norfolk.gov.uk for more information, and book at http://tinyurl.com/nbs4s7w

Lunar Yellow Underwing in the Brecks, 4th February, Time TBC, Weeting Heath (backup date 11th Feb*) and 18th February, Time TBC, Brandon Country Park (backup date 25th Feb*)

These evening field meetings provide an introduction to identifying and recording the larvae of the rare yellow lunar underwing. This attractive moth is found only in the Brecks and a few other heathland sites in lowland Britain. The caterpillars overwinter feeding on grasses and are best searched for after dark.  
*Backup dates in case the weather is inclement. Attendees need to be available for both dates.
More details at http://tinyurl.com/h338agc
Book for the Weeting Heath event here: http://tinyurl.com/glczocu
Programme for the Weeting Heath event here: http://www.nbis.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/LunarUnderwingInBre...
Book for the Brandon Country Park event here: http://tinyurl.com/hp3f2cr

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