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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from March (28/03/14)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/26/sea-deaths-ship-prope... - Seal deaths caused by propellers break environmental law, ministers warned - The Guardian 26th Feb 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mystery-behind-ast... - Mystery behind astonishing five-million-year-old whale graveyard revealed - The Independent 26th Feb 2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26340039 - Ancient woodland losses 'not accounted for', say campaigners - BBC Environment 26th Feb 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140227092044.htm - Ecological impacts of invasive species can be readily predicted from features of their behavior - Science Daily 27th Feb 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/04/home-computers-scient... - Home computers help scientists assess climate role in UK's wet winter - The Guardian 4th Mar 2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10662607/Englands-extinct-spec... - England's extinct species: full list revealed in online project - The Telegraph 26th Feb 2014
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10687133/Half-of-wild-boar-fac... - Half of wild boar face cull in Forest of Dean amid concern over dog attacks and spooked horses - The Telegraph 10th Mar 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/11/new-woodlands-mark-fi... - New British woodlands to mark first world war centenary - The Guardian 11th Mar 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ministers-defeated-in-gre... - Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle - The Independent 18th Mar 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/mar/21/save-adder-extin... - Can we save the adder from extinction in middle England? The Guardian 21st Mar 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/22/warning-signs-street... - Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London's endangered birds - The Guardian 22nd Mar 2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/26687503 - Warmer springs boost long-tailed tit survival - BBC Nature 24th Mar 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/scientists-warn-of-homin... - Scientists warn of homing pythons: Experts discover giant snakes 'have compass instinct' - The Independent 20th Mar 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-pl... - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Aircraft forced to abort takeoff after crashing into fish - The Independent 6th Mar 2014
Important - enquiries price changes (11/03/14)
From 1st April 2014 the price of an NBIS datasearch will be rising to £120 plus VAT. This is our first price rise in five and a half years.
This price rise reflects inflation and the rising costs of continuing to provide a high quality service, which we have consistently strived to improve over the last five and a half years.
We now hold over 2.5 million records, compared to just over 1 million at the end of 2008.
The average response time for enquiries since April 2013 was 1 working day.
We are now providing extra datasets – Natural England Bat Roost records, Veteran Trees and Geodiversity Sites.
After speaking to consultants in 2009 about how we could improve our services we went on to implement many of these in developing the East of England Regional Standard Service for LRCs. These included standardising the minimum datasets provided, a no records – no fee policy, and providing cross-boundary searches with other LRCs in the region for no extra charge.
We have increasing amounts of habitat data available. We are currently working on a new habitat and land-use map for Norfolk, which, once completed, will be available for inclusion with enquiries.
The fees for commercial enquiries are put into a Local Recorders Fund to support recording in the county. Over the last few years this funding has:
Helped to provide equipment for the Norfolk Bat Survey and the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group.
Supported research into parasitic ants and their hosts.
Funded the publication of ‘A Flora of King’s Lynn’.
Supported bee and wasp surveying in Thetford Forest, and a survey of aquatic invertebrates in Thompson Village Pond.
Helped to fund training events for SeaSearch.
Funded a survey of geodiversity sites in Norfolk.
Supported a survey of Norfolk Hawker dragonflies.