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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Whitlingham Great Bug Hunt - Saturday 5th July 2014

9.00am to 4.00pm


Hunt for bugs and other wildlife and help us to record as many species as possible within a day!

Free activities include:

Moth madness! Check the moth traps! 9am
Mammal mayhem! Open the mammal traps! 9.30am
Lake dipping* - all day - first session at 11am
Meadow & Woodland bug hunts - all day
Fungi foray - all day
Birdwatching - all day
Guided nature trail* 11.30am-1pm long walk, 1.45-3pm short walk
Guided bat walk* 9pm

* events must be booked
For further details see www.broads-authority.gov.uk


To record any species you have seen during the bioblitz period, please use our online recording form below:


Species of the Month - Bee Orchid


Have you seen a Bee Orchid this month?

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

Our species of the month for July is the
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)!

When you see it it's pretty obvious how the bee orchid got its name - its flower looks like there is a female bee sat on it! The plant uses this to lure in male bees which then pollinate the flower. To make themselves even more irresistible to their pollinators they give out chemical signals that smell like a female bee!
The bee orchid is very distinctive and now is a great time to go out looking for it. They can pop up on all sorts of grassy places - even on road verges and waste ground, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

Please record sightings (with a photo if possible) of Bee Orchid using our online recording form below:

Species of the Month - Swallowtail butterfly


Have you seen a Swallowtail butterfly this month?

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

Our species of the month for June is the
Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon)!

The British race of this strikingly beautiful butterfly is only found in the Norfolk Broads. Its distribution is restricted by that of its sole larval food plant, milk parsley.

With distinctive colouration and 'tails' on the hindwings, the swallowtail butterfly is unmistakeable, and searching for it is a great way to get excited about spotting wildlife!

Please record sightings (with a photo if possible) of Swallowtail butterfly using our online recording form below:


The June E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (27/06/14)

Download and read no. 36 here. 

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

Sign up for our monthly e-bulletin - get the latest biodiversity news by clicking here and sending

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from June (27/06/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27606864 Fossilised crocodile tooth 'largest of its kind in UK' BBC News 28 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27607978 Asian relative of cane toad threatens Madagascar havoc. BBC Environment 29 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10862581/Scrawny-owl-chicks-le... Scrawny owl: chicks left bedraggled by downpour. The Telegraph 29 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10863782/Wild-bird-thefts-o... Wild bird thefts on the rise as criminals use tactics from the Twits. The Telegraph 29 May 2014

http://www.wildlifebcn.org/news/2014/05/29/walking-rothschild%E2%80%99s-... Walking in Rothschild's footsteps. Wildlife Trust BCNP 29 May 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/world-on-the-verge-of-ne... World 'on the verge of next mass extinction': Humans have caused extinction rates to increase by up to 10,000 times. The Independent 31 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-27661738 'Incredible population' of crayfish near roundabout. BBC News 2 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27637747 Honeybees 'read maps' to find home. BBC Nature 3 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/04/cane-toad-like-species-disc... Alarm raised after cane toad-like species discovered in Melbourne The Guardian 4 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27684863 Koalas hug trees to lose heat. BBC Environment 4 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/05/endangered-quoll-disc... Endangered quoll discovered on Western Australian island. The Guardian 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27714356 New Zealand: Landslide kills rare flightless parrot. BBC News 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-27722218 Anglesey red squirrel activist wins conservation award BBC News 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27719414 Farm wildlife protection plan 'fails' BBC Environment 6 June 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10886477/The-rise-and-rise-of-... The rise and rise of the black squirrel - caused by genetic mutation. The Telegraph 9 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27758640 Malaysia swarmed by giant moths. BBC News 11 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27784697 Great tits' 'black ties' smaller in the city. BBC Nature 12 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/12/more-than-90-of-lemur... More than 90% of lemurs face extinction, IUCN warns. The Guardian 12 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27798623 Plants hitch a lift on migrating birds. BBC Nature 12 June 2014

http://conservationmagazine.org/2014/06/are-some-penguins-benefitting-fr... Are some penguins benefitting from climate change? Conservation This Week 13 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/13/crayfish-feel-stress-clai... Crayfish feel stress, claim scientists. The Guardian 13 June 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/plans-for-five-megaports... Plans for five 'megaports' along Queensland coast threatens Great Barrier Reef. The Independent 15 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/16/wildlife-watching-be... Wildlife watching: 'The best form of meditation I can imagine'. The Guardian 16 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27831958 'Weedy thing' thrives as Antarctic shores warm. BBC Environment 16 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27832974 Personality dictates social spiders' roles. BBC Nature 17 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27890072 Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves. BBC Environment 17 June 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/extremely-rare-white... Extremely rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted for first time this year off coast of Australia. The Independent 18 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27904153 Fish-eating spiders 'widespread' BBC Environment 18 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27951040 US sets up honey bee loss task force. BBC News 20 June 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10917091/Ancient-woods-under-t... Ancient woods under threat. The Telegraph 22 June 2014

http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/371252-bumper-butterfly-spectacle-hoped-for-... Bumper butterfly spectacle hoped for on RSPB reserves. RSPB News 23 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27980344 Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids 'impossible to deny'. BBC Environment 24 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/24/insecticides-world-fo... Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists. The Guardian 24 June 2014

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State of the Environment Reports for the Rivers Stiffkey and Babingley (25/06/14)

Following on from the River Glaven State of the Environment Report, similar reports for the Rivers Stiffkey and Babingley are now available for download from the NBIS website. Both of these new reports were written by NBIS and funded by the 9 Chalk Rivers Project.

The River Stiffkey has its source at Swanton Novers and runs north to the marshes at Blakeney. The river is ecologically rich and its cultural and historical influence can still be seen.

The River Babingley runs from close to the village of Flitcham through the Sandringham Estate into the Great Ouse. Surrounded by arable land, conifer plantations and marshland, public access is limited but where allowed there is plenty to excite wildlife enthusiasts.

Following a similar format to the Glaven report, the Stiffkey and Babingley State of the Environment Reports aim to inform, inspire and enthuse local people to get out and enjoy their local rivers. The data included can be used as a baseline to be compared against in the future to show how the areas are changing.

Download the Stiffkey State of the Environment Report here

Download the Babingley State of the Environment Report 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

NBIS Hedgehog Survey


Have you seen me this spring?

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

Hedgehogs appear to be declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers are globally— at around 5% per year.   There may be less than a million left in the whole of the UK*.

 The hedgehog was voted “Britain’s National Species” after a recent poll organised by the BBC Wildlife Magazine, reflecting its popularity.
Please help us learn more about hedgehog populations in Norfolk by sending in your sightings.

Any records you send to NBIS will assist with an action plan to help safeguard Norfolk’s hedgehogs.:

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 of you 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.


The Wonder of Birds, Norwich Castle Museum, 24th May - 14th September 2014.
New exhibition open at Norwich Castle Museum, combining art and natural history to explore the cultural impact
of birds on humanity.

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