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 May E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (27/05/16)

Download and read no. 54 here. 

 A collection of interesting biodiversity news from May (27/05/16)


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/28/weeds-show-ability-to-adapt-fast-in-foreign-environment?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other Weeds show ability to adapt fast in foreign environment. The Guardian 28 Apr 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36166774 'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts. BBC Environment 29 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/01/how-well-do-you-know-british-wildlife?CMP=share_btn_tw How well do you know British wildlife? The Guardian 1 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/welsh-biologist-carl-jones-wins-top-environmental-award-indianapolis-prize-conservation?CMP=share_btn_tw Welsh biologist Carl Jones wins top environmental award. The Guardian 4 May 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36241675 Brownsea Island red squirrel leprosy study. BBC News 9 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/23/revealed-the-dangerous-wild-animals-kept-on-uk-private-property?CMP=share_btn_tw Revealed: the dangerous wild animals kept on UK private property. The Guardian 23 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/26/beavers-released-into-devon-river-in-bid-to-boost-gene-pool?CMP=share_btn_tw Beavers released into Devon river in bid to boost gene pool. The Guardian 26 May 2016


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2016/apr/27/cecils-legacy-could-the-death-of-one-lion-start-a-conservation-movement?CMP=share_btn_tw Cecil's legacy: could the death of one lion start a conservation movement? The Guardian 27 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-historical-habitat?CMP=share_btn_tw Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat. The Guardian 4 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/05/europe-to-crack-down-on-wildlife-smugglers-following-guardian-investigation?CMP=share_btn_tw Europe to crack down on wildlife smugglers to protect rare lizard species. The Guardian 5 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/07/australia-quietly-adds-49-species-to-threatened-and-endangered-lists?CMP=share_btn_tw Australia quietly adds 49 species to threatened and endangered lists. The Guardian 7 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/google-images-as-good-as-fieldwork-for-studying-animal-colour?CMP=share_btn_tw Google Images 'as good as fieldwork' for studying animal colour. The Guardian 11 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/bee-colony-deaths-environmental-problems?CMP=share_btn_tw 28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues. The Guardian 11 May 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36266692 Shrinking birds pays the bill for Arctic warming. BBC Environment 13 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/21/african-nile-crocodiles-captured-florida?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other Man-eating crocodiles surface in Florida swamps. The Guardian 22 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/poland-starts-logging-primeval-bialowieza-forest-despite-protests?CMP=share_btn_tw Poland starts logging primeval Bialowieza forest despite protests. The Guardian 25 May 2016


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/12/great-barrier-reef-devastating-images-tell-story-of-coral-colonies-destruction?CMP=share_btn_tw Great Barrier Reef: devastating images tell story of coral colonies' destruction. The Guardian 11 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/15/rare-whale-found-on-australian-beach-believed-to-be-evolutionary-throwback?CMP=share_btn_tw Rare whale found on Australian beach believed to be evolutionary throwback. The Guardian 15 May 2016

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/edible-six-pack-ring-saves-lives-marine-sea-animals-a7039631.html Brewery invents edible six-pack rings to save hundreds of thousands of marine animals' lives. The Independent 20 May 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/octopuses-squid-cuttlefish-warming-oceans-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' warm to hotter oceans. The Guardian 23 May 2016

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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

Little Ouse Wildlife Recording Festival, 18th - 26th June 2016, various locations along the Little Ouse

A week of walks, workshops, recording challenges and activities for all ages and abilities. Further information including full details and how to book is available from http://www.nbis.org.uk/littleouse.

Upcoming Nature Talks Presented by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, various dates and locations

Upcoming events include talks from Nick Acheson, Mike Dilger and Simon King. Book your place via the NWT website http://tinyurl.com/j77ttwz

Go Wild for Scarning Water Meadows, 2nd July 2016, 11.00 - 16.00, Scarning Water Meadows

Fun packed wildlife day run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Guided walks, pond dipping, minibeast hunting, crafts and more. Get involved in their Bioblitz as they try and find over 200 animal and plant species on the site. Free event, no need to book and suitable for all ages http://tinyurl.com/jg292ul

Farm and Wildlife Day, 3rd July 2016, 7.00 - 18.00, Abbey Farm, Flitcham

Circular and guided walks, bring a picnic, refreshments available 10am - 5pm in aid of 'Little Discoverers', a local group supporting children with motor learning difficulties and delayed development. Also moth identification and sale of organic produce.
All walks free of charge, no need to book unless bringing a large group http://tinyurl.com/h97ng3o

Bees of the Brecks - Summer Breck Heath Loving Bees, 16th-17th July 2016, 10.00 - 16.00, Cranwich Heath

A weekend course designed to help you identify, record and conserve bees. The course leader is Steven Falk, one of Britain's leading experts in insect conservation and pollinators. This course focuses on summer-flying bees who like sandy Breck heath and forest ride habitats. Free event but booking is essential. For more details and to book see: http://tinyurl.com/zcqezrq

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