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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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*Please note that due to staff annual leave and changes due to maternity leave, there may be a delay in enquiry responses between February and April 2017. Thank you for your patience.* 


 

Submit Brecks wildlife records here

 

The January E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (26/01/17)

Download and read no. 61 here. 

A collection of interesting biodiversity news from January (26/01/17)

Marine

Meet the crab with the 'mighty claw'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38079412

Seal studies reveal secret life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38160780

What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea
https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/jan/17/what-lies-beneath-discovering-surprising-jewels-in-the-north-sea-nudibranchs?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rare Antarctic beetle find delights
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38145258

Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118377-seals-hunt-down-hidden-fish-by-sensing-their-breath-in-the-sand/#.WIDDkSRZb3c.twitter

Whales talk to each other by slapping out messages on water
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114953-whales-talk-to-each-other-by-slapping-out-messages-on-water/#.WEGQlUNiTys.twitter

Fish have evolved to survive toxic waste that would normally kill them
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/killifish-evolve-survive-toxic-waste-pollution-genes-study-sea-oceans-a7463536.html

Obama to create world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/26/obama-to-create-worlds-largest-protected-marine-area-off-coast-of-hawaii-papahanaumokuakea?CMP=share_btn_tw

World's oldest known killer whale Granny dies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38496164

Terrestrial

Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2116641-ants-craft-tiny-sponges-to-dip-into-honey-and-carry-it-home/#.WG-umdhXiCQ.twitter

Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38218119

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38519299

Extinct giant goose used its wings to fight rather than fly
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2117424-extinct-giant-goose-used-its-wings-to-fight-rather-than-fly/#.WHec7RSfLYQ.twitter

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38585325

Dragon lizards fly by grabbing their fold-up wings with ‘hands’
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114847-dragon-lizards-fly-by-grabbing-their-fold-up-wings-with-hands/#.WEGQLXUopWs.twitter

How parents divide their duties
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/How-parents-divide-their-duties.aspx?s_id=346747614

Planet Earth II: Nine things we learned from the series
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37606747

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38450228

Ash tree genome sequenced for first time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38416116

Bumblebee numbers hit by 'unsettled decade'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38447937

Headlight beetle's glowing path caught in time-lapse photo
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331072-600-headlight-beetles-glowing-path-caught-in-timelapse-photo/#.WG4qn5nix2Q.twitter

Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38559336

Appeal for towels and blankets to help influx of hedgehogs
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/appeal_for_towels_and_blankets_to_help_influx_of_hedgehogs_1_4813509?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

Call for help as west Norfolk RSPCA centre is inundated with hedgehogs
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/call_for_help_as_west_norfolk_rspca_centre_is_inundated_with_hedgehogs_1_4799330?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

Nature lovers to protect rare Lakenham lizard colony
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/nature_lovers_to_protect_rare_lakenham_lizard_colony_1_4806113?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

The creatures that defy what we think we know about plants and animals
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/the-creatures-that-defy-what-we-think-we-know-about-plants-and-animals-a7443756.html

Foxes may confuse predators by rubbing themselves in puma scent
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118444-foxes-may-confuse-predators-by-rubbing-themselves-in-puma-scent/#.WIXF3qtd4x4.twitter

'Rat explosion' threatens sooty terns on Ascension Island after cat cull 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/12/03/rat-explosion-threatens-sooty-terns-ascension-island-cat-cull/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Zoology news: November’s animal antics from around the globe – in pictures
https://www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic/gallery/2016/dec/06/zoology-news-novembers-animal-antics-from-round-the-globe-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why plants eat faeces when they could eat flesh
http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/press-release-plants-eat-faeces-eat-flesh/

'Beautiful' dinosaur tail found preserved in amber
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38224564

World's largest reindeer herd plummets
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38297464

Reindeer shrinking in size due to warmer Arctic temperatures
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/reindeer-shrinking-size-warmer-arctic-temperatures-global-warming-a7469351.html

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38415906

Feral cats now cover 99.8% of Australia
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/04/feral-cats-now-cover-99-per-cent-of-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Primate tool-use: Chimpanzees make drinking sticks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38524671

Lost British birdsong discovered in New Zealand birds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/12/lost-british-birdsong-discovered-in-new-zealand-birds?CMP=share_btn_tw

Alien bird risk from pet trade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38585331

Alien-like creatures emerge in central Australia following heavy rains
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/13/alien-like-creatures-emerge-central-australia-following-heavy/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Australia's bees and wasps revealed to be as dangerous as its snakes
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/17/australias-bees-and-wasps-revealed-to-be-as-deadly-as-its-snakes?CMP=share_btn_tw

Primates facing 'extinction crisis'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38652196

Rare golden eagle spotted in south Norfolk
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/rare_golden_eagle_spotted_in_south_norfolk_1_4825427?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

The 10 species most at risk from climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/critical-10-species-at-risk-climate-change-endangered-world?CMP=share_btn_tw

Birders flock to Thetford industrial estate to spot migratory gulls
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/birders_flock_to_thetford_industrial_estate_to_spot_migratory_gulls_1_4851248?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

A place in the country: meet the new woodlanders
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/21/place-country-new-woodlanders

Online recording questionnaire - County Wildlife Action

We are very keen to find out what you think of our online recording facility!

It would really help if you could take a few moments to complete and submit this short questionnaire so we can gauge what we could do to improve it.  The system is a very new format for us to receive records, so any constructive comments or thoughts will really help us improve the system for the future.

Online recording questionnaire - Churchyards Survey

We are very keen to find out what you think of our online recording facility!

It would really help if you could take a few moments to complete and submit this short questionnaire so we can gauge what we could do to improve it.  The system is a very new format for us to receive records, so any constructive comments or thoughts will really help us improve the system for the future.

Upcoming Events

 

Thank you from NBIS!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who joined us at our events in 2016 and the recent bug sorting marathon! We have run many events in the last 12 months, looking at dragonflies, fungi, riverside mammals, bees, hoverflies, plants, hedgerows, birds and lichen; none of which would be possible without you!
Events will start to pick up again in March, watch this space!

 

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