The March E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (28/03/14)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from March (28/03/14) - Seal deaths caused by propellers break environmental law, ministers warned - The Guardian 26th Feb 2014 - Mystery behind astonishing five-million-year-old whale graveyard revealed - The Independent 26th Feb 2014 - Ancient woodland losses 'not accounted for', say campaigners - BBC Environment 26th Feb 2014 - Ecological impacts of invasive species can be readily predicted from features of their behavior - Science Daily 27th Feb 2014 - Home computers help scientists assess climate role in UK's wet winter - The Guardian 4th Mar 2014 - England's extinct species: full list revealed in online project - The Telegraph 26th Feb 2014 - Half of wild boar face cull in Forest of Dean amid concern over dog attacks and spooked horses - The Telegraph 10th Mar 2014 - New British woodlands to mark first world war centenary - The Guardian 11th Mar 2014 - Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle - The Independent 18th Mar 2014 - Can we save the adder from extinction in middle England? The Guardian 21st Mar 2014 - Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London's endangered birds - The Guardian 22nd Mar 2014 - Warmer springs boost long-tailed tit survival - BBC Nature 24th Mar 2014 - Scientists warn of homing pythons: Experts discover giant snakes 'have compass instinct' - The Independent 20th Mar 2014 - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Aircraft forced to abort takeoff after crashing into fish - The Independent 6th Mar 2014

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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.
For example:
  • 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.

The new NBIS charging policy can be found here

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The February E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (25/02/14)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from February (25/02/14) - Climate change is 'killing Argentina's Magellanic penguin chicks' - BBC Environment - 30 Jan 2014 - Columbus crab crosses the Atlantic - The Guardian - 30 Jan 2014 - Monitoring the impacts of ash dieback - 3 Feb 2014 - Bat Numbers in Europe Surge after Decades of Decline, Major Study Finds - UNEP - 3 Feb 2014 - Multimillion pound boost to save UK's Magnificent Meadows - PlantLife - 4 Feb 2014 - Sea wall 'eco-engineering' can help boost biodiversity - BBC Environment - 6 Feb 2014 - Ipswich Christchurch park owl's 'unique behaviour' - BBC Suffolk - 9 Feb 2014 - Attack of the demon shrimp: the species threatens to wreak havoc in British waters - The Independent - 10 Feb 2014 - Relief Road Proves Butterfly Hit - Butterfly Conservation - 11 Feb 2014 - Government could force landowners to kill nature's invaders or face jail - The Independent - 11 Feb 2014 - Scientists count whales from space - BBC Environment - 12 Feb 2014 - Ten reasons why we need more contact with nature - The Gaurdian - 13 Feb 2014 Killer starfish threaten Great Barrier Reef - BBC Environment - 16 Feb 2014 - Chicago goes to war with Asian carp - BBC Environment 18 Feb 2014 - Cities in motion: how slime mould can redraw our rail and road maps - The Guardian - 18 Feb 2014 - Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases - BBC Environment - 19 Feb 2014 - Lemurs could be extinct 'very soon' experts warn - The Independent - 20 Feb 2014 - Tourism best hope for critically endangered lemurs - BBC Environment - 21 Feb 2014 - A bird on the brink of extinction, the Tahiti monarch has one hope - you - The Independent - 24 Feb 2014 - The ecience of saving wildlife: RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is launched - British Birds - 24 Feb 2014 - Using citizen science to investigate the role of productivity in House Sparrow population trends - The latest Ancient Tree Forum newsletter is out - Friends in high places: red squirrels, grey squirrels and pine martens - Ireland's Wildlife - RSPB Nature Reserves - the UK's newest power stations - Bird Guides - National Wildlife Crime Unit Funding Secured for 2 years - New NFBR newsletter is out

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The January E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (29/01/14)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from January (29/01/14)

Mysterious snowy-owl migration one of biggest on record - Mother Nature Network - 17th December 2013

The Mosaic Approach: managing habitats for species - Natural England - 19th December 2013

Worldwide appeal finds last remaining Madagascan fish - ZSL London Zoo - 20th December 2013

We must protect our national parks - The telegraph - 3rd January 2014

Climate change sees butterflies move north - Butterfly Conservation - 6th January 2014

Garden bird survey to assess light pollution - BBC Environment - 8th January 2014

Penguins scale sheer cliffs to defy climate change - Planet Earth Online - 9th January 2014

'Unique' bird migration discovered - BBC Scotland - 9th January 2014

'Carnivore cleansing' is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn - The guardian - 9th January 2014

More than three quarters of large carnivores now in decline - BBC Environment - 10th January 2014

Green spaces have lasting positive effect on well-being - BBC Environment - 12th January 2014

Birdsong falls on deaf ears: Majority of people cannot identify calls of some of Britain's most common birds - Daily Mail - 12th January 2014

Scientists glue sensors to 5,000 bees to study behaviour - The Telegraph - 16th January 2014

Key wildlife sites hit in flooding - BBC Environment - 17th January 2014

Eye on the Tiger: Satellite Images a New Tool for Conservation - National Geographic - 19th January 2014

Thumb-sized bat crosses English channel - The Guardian - 20th January 2014

UK conker trees under threat from alien invading moths as scientists say Britain’s wasps are losing the insect war - The Independent - 27th January 2014

Welcome to Buglife’s brownfield hub, a one stop shop for information on brownfields and their invertebrates. The brownfield hub is intended to help anyone from ecologists to planners, or developers to wildlife lovers to understand the value of brownfields for our rare invertebrates.

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The November/December E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (17/12/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from November and December (17/12/13)

England names 27 new marine conservation zones - The Guardian - 21st Nov 2013

The State of the UK's Birds Report is available to download here

What’s the buzz? The bumblebee is back! - The Independent - 15th Dec 2013

Wildlife and countryside groups attack progress on nature - BBC News - 19th Nov 2013

The full report, presentations and videos from the 13th Annual NBN Conference 'Future challenges for the NBN' can be found here

The new RINSE Report 'Targeting and prioritisation for INS in the RINSE Area'has been published

Bob George May 5th 1921 – November 9th 2013.
Bob was an Honoury member of the NBN Trust and was the voluntary organiser of the UK Flea Recording Scheme. Norfolk recorder John Goldsmith said: "Bob did occasionally visit the county, but during my early years @ Norwich Castle Museum (1967 onwards) I collected hundreds of flea specimens from local birds and mammals, dead and alive, and it was Bob George who examined these fleas and confirmed their identity. These went into the 2008 UK flea atlas giving a good showing for Norfolk records. I can recall finding the first Orchopeas howardii – the Grey Squirrel flea for Norfolk, in a Red Squirrel nest, paving the way for suspecting, then proving, the later discovered and disastrous RS2 virus transfer from Greys to Reds."
Further information can be found here


Is biodiversity offsetting a 'license to trash nature'? - The Guardian - 12th Nov 2013

The Environmental Audit Committee's response to the Government's Biodiversity Offsetting proposals.

The Government's latest statistics for Local Sites in Positive Conservation Managment in England have been published

Birds that were once a common sight in Britain take flight, never to return - The Independent - 9th Dec 2013

Africa's first aerial elephant census to capture falling numbers - The Gaurdian - 4th Dec 2013

The red list of endangered species – in pictures - The Gaurdian - 26th Nov 2013

When it comes to trees, we're stumped! Survey shows nine out of ten Brits struggle to recognise Holly leaves and don't know where conkers come from - Daily Mail - 25th Nov 2013

Red squirrels show signs of resistance 25th Nov 2013

High-flying birds at risk of wind turbine collision, says BTO report - The EDP - 7th Nov 2013

Geoffroy's bat 'discovered' on Bath nature reserve - BBC Somerset - 11th Dec 2013

Cats killing huge numbers of British birds, Sir David Attenborough warns - The Guardian - 10th Dec 2013

Worrying statistics show decline in numbers of hen harriers - Nov 2013

Three new species of trapdoor spiders - Nov 2013

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The September/October E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (08/11/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from September and October (07/11/13)

European rhinoceros beetle found in Worcestershire garden - BBC News - 4 September 2013

Is Britain really being threatened by 'plagues of wasps'? - The Guardian - 5 September 2013

Potentially deadly predatory Asian hornets with vicious sting heading towards Britain - The Independent - 5 September 2013

Invasive alien species threaten urban environments - BBC News - 5 September 2013

Protected nature areas are 'focusing on places without as many endangered species' - The Independent - 5 September 2013

Water voles 'decline by a fifth' - BBC News - 6 September 2013

Autumn migration hits its peak - for some species - BTO Bird Migration Blog - 6 September 2013

Asian hornets 'heading for Britain' - BBC Nature - 6 September 2013

Fightback starts against invasive species that threaten British plants and animals - The Guardian - 7 September 2013

Crackdown on damaging invasive non-native plants and animals - The Wildlife Trusts - 9 September 2013

'Priceless' butterflies found at Oxford museum - BBC News - 10 September 2013

When enemies catch up - decling invasive impacts in hogweed? - The EEB & Flow - 11 September 2013

WWF Joins New Conservation Collaboration Led By Prince William - WWF - 12 September 2013
United for Wildlife will raise awareness of conservation crises

Learning to talk... about nature - RSPB - 15 September 2013

Somerset canal weed-eating weevils declared success - BBC News - 15 September 2013

British butterfly numbers bounce back following warm summer - The Guardian - 16 September 2013

Short-haired bumblebee nests in Dungeness - BBC News - 17 September 2013

UK’s first biodiversity offset to restore vital habitat in Vale of White Horse District - The Environment Bank - 18 September 2013

Shy male birds keep closer 'friends' - BBC Nature News - 18 September 2013

Making Space for Nature:  Nature Improvement Areas demonstrate significant gains as first evaluation published - Natural England - 18 September 2013

New rapid methodology for assessing ecosystem services at the site-scale - Bird Life International - 19 September 2013

City birds 'cope better in cold' than those in woodland - BBC News - 24 September 2013

Beaver and bison among European species making a comeback - The Guardian - 26 September 2013

Mammals in fragmented forests die out within 25 years - New Scientist - 26 September 2013

Ash trees also face insect threat - BBC News - 26 September 2013

Near extinct snails bred at ZSL London Zoo to be released back into the wild - Wildlife Extra - 30 September 2013

Hot summer sparks terrapins warning - The Telegraph - 30 September 2013

Defending UK from foreign species costs £26 per person - The Telegraph - 30 September 2013

Health of oceans 'declining fast' - BBC News - 3 October 2013

Traffic fumes make honeybees unable to recognise flower scent, study shows - The Guardian - 3 October 2013

I'm buzzing about keeping my own bees - The Telegraph - 3 October 2013

New study points to positive impact of nature on mental wellbeing - Natural England - 4 October 2013

200 hectares of Wales’ largest ancient forest to be felled due to tree disease - Woodland Trust - 4 October 2013

'Like nothing we had seen before': New species of owl discovered - The Independent ' 4 October 2013

Exotic butterflies and moths migrate to southern England - BBC News - 9 October 2013

'Early birds' find worms for dinner - BBC News Nature - 9 October 2013

Understanding the Threats Posed by Non-Native Species: Public vs. Conservation Managers - PLOS One - Published 16 January 2013

Species Recovery Programme - Natural England
Part of Biodiversity 2020 indentifying how to protect those species most at rish under Section 41 of the 2006 Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act

90 million records! - National Biodiversity Network - 1 October 2013
90 millionth record uploaded to the NBN Gateway

Four out of five UK children 'not connected to nature' - The Guardian - 16 October 2013

Bee-friendly plants put to the test - BBC News - 17 October 2013

UK's wild bird population continues to decline - The Guardian - 17 October 2013

Mild weather delays autumn colours - The Guardian - 21 October 2013  

BTO Breeding Bird Survey data helps track the fortunes of nine species of British mammal - - 22 October 2013

Notes on the @iRecordWildlife verification trial

UK Biodiversity Indicators in your Pocket 2013 published now at

Garden wildlife: what species fared well in 2013? - The Telegraph - 25 October 2013

Natural disaster: Government's new index reveals huge decline for Britain’s most endangered wildlife - The Independent - 24 October 2013

Somerset site gives glimmer of hope for ash dieback disease - National Trust Website - 25 October 2013

Check for invasive plants on Google Street View - Yahoo News - 20 October 2013

Calm down everyone, it's actually fine! - The Guardian - 17 October 2013

Fears for hedgehog population after hot summer - The Telegraph - 30 October 2013
Juvenile hedgehogs born too late in the year may not have enough fat on them to survive hibernation this winter, experts warn

Is everyone aware of the ‘beta test ‘biodiversity guidance to support the NPPF? From a first glance it all seems to link to the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy  and various bits of the  NE website, although the 05 circular is going to be updated but just for European sites/species and SSSIs. LRCs are mentioned as where to go for data/evidence. We could do with a link to the ALERC website? Comments are required by the 9th October.

Launch of the new NBN Gateway 
All the latest information on the new version of the NBN Gateway, including a round up of some of the issues we encountered. We thank you for your support and patience.
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ALERC Conference report
Read the report on the ALERC annual conference which took place on 16th October and saw eighty delegates gather for presentations and open floor discussions.
New qualification for professional ecologists
CIEEM is delighted to announce the very first Chartered Ecologists qualification, which will provide a professional industry benchmark.
Read more..

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Sculthorpe Moor Birthday Bioblitz - Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September 2013

10.00am to 4.00pm each day
Celebrate Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve’s 10th Birthday


Join experts and enthusiasts at the reserve for a fantastic day out for everyone surveying for as many different species as possible - from birds to wildflowers and from butterflies to fungi

Meet people from wildlife groups and conservation charities

  • Learn how to identify different species
  • Book up to join special evening and early morning surveys for bats, moths and small mammals
  • Refreshments available
  • FREE BUG POT* for every family
    * while stocks last


For more information, please visit the Bioblitz web page.

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from August (04/09/13)

Biodiversity 2020 - Important recent updates:

An updated version of the Biodiversity 2020 Delivery Plan

Other related useful Biodiversity 2020 reports that have recently been published:

Biodiversity 2020 is now live on the Natural England website:

Biodiversity segmentation scoping study - Engaging people in biodiversity issues - Final Report:

The new NFBR newsletter is out! Lots of interesting articles - well worth a read:

Bio-climatic models shows that 60 % of the UK would be suitable for the Killer Shrimp to invade -

Bye-bye Blackbird - BTO website - September 2013
A question that the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden Ecology Team hears a lot at this time of year is ‘Where have all my birds gone?’ One of the most conspicuous disappearances from British gardens at the end of the summer is that of the Blackbird.Between September and October Blackbirds are more absent from people's gardens.
For a bird that features in the majority of British gardens, the sudden loss of ‘your’ local Blackbird must come as quite a shock. But all is well. As results from the BTO’s weekly Garden BirdWatch (GBW) survey show, it happens every year – there is always a pronounced ‘trough’ between September and October  when Blackbirds are more absent from people’s garden:

Britain’s crops brace for invasion by hundreds of exotic pests and pathogens - The Independent - 02 September 2013:

Latest bto_gbw results highlight late summer boom in small tortoiseshell butterflies - find out more:

The winners in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013 - The Telegraph - August 2013

Biodiversity app logs insects by their telltale call-  New Scientist tech - 29 August 2013
Much like Shazam, which can identify unknown songs, a new app can recognise a species from a sample of its call:|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL-twitter

Major investment for species recovery
Nearly £1m to be focused on conservation efforts for our most threatened native species - Natural England website - 29 August 2013:

Exotic butterfly expected to emerge in Britain - The Guardian - 29 August 2013

Planning for a healthy and natural environment? - Wildlife Trusts website - 28 August 2013
As Planning Minister Nick Boles today launches an online planning guidance resource, The Wildlife Trusts reiterate that the natural environment should be at the heart of all planning decisions. Planning has a critical role to play in securing nature’s recovery and creating wildlife-rich places in which people want to live:

Identifying Wildlife is an "endangered skill" - NBN website - 28 August 2013

Fears for seabirds as global warming affects coastline - The Guardian - 23 August 2013

Interesting new study - large moths have better hearing than small moths to avoid bat predation - - 19 August 2013:

Tree pests and infections in the UK: the main culprits - The Guardian - 19 August 2013

Could hairy wood ants change the way we communicate? - BBC News - 15 August 2013

National pollinator strategy - - 14 August 2013
A look at new government plans to address the loss of pollinator species and the economic consequences for agriculture in England:

The economic case for Green Infrastructure (GI) - - 14 August 2013
A new report confirms the value of green infrastructure based on looking at 7 economic characteristics across a range of UK and international case-studies:

More invasive ants than previously thought - BBC News - 14 August 2013

UK urban meadows hope to help pollinators get buzzing - BBC News - 13 August 2013

Late autumn 'to bring bumper fruit crop' for wildlife - BBC News - 12 August 2013

The RSPB: Hen harrier on the brink of 'extinction' - RSPB website - 09 August 2013

Bats may be immune to killer fungus - BBC News - 08 August 2013

Butterfly watchers of Britain, come out and spread your wings - The Independent - 07 August 2013

Defra publishes Triennial Review - - 06 August 2013
The Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England concludes that they should be retained as two separate organisations:

Britain's grey long-eared bats may die out without help, conservationists warn - The Guardian - 05 August 2013

Britain's barn owls under threat due to extreme weather - The Guardian - 01 August 2013

UK Breeding Bird Survey shows some marked changes in finch sightings - - August 2013

Turtle doves dying out - The Telegraph - 02 August 2013

Red Grouse are laying their eggs earlier in the season in response to global warming - Birdwatch news - 02 August 2013:

Top wildlife photographers share their secrets at WildPhotos 2013 – in pictures - The Guardian - 31 July 2013

How 2012 cold spring drove away long-distance migratory birds - The Independent - 31 July 2013

Nature Studies: Forget the royal baby – July’s real star was the humble butterfly - The Independent - 31 July 2013

Hedgehog wins UK natural emblem poll - The Guardian - 31 July 2013

Lundy bird populations soar after rats eradicated - The Guardian - 30 July 2013

New renewable energy planning rules unveiled - The Guardian - 29 July 2013

Alarming new report: Grassland butterflies have declined almost 50% between in the past two decade - European Environment Agency website - 23 July 2013:

Scottish seabird colonies decimated by coldest spring in 50 years - BBC News - 23 July 2013

Bottlenose dolphins use names to identify companions - The Guardian - 22 July 2013

Himalayan balsam: Call the Marines! It’s an alien plant invasion - The Independent - 21 July 2013

Scientists compile first global atlas of marine plankton — Zee News - 20 July 2013

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Make hay while the sun shines! (03/09/2013)

(Text and Photos: Ed Stocker)

July saw the perfect conditions for hay meadows with many landowners busily mowing and baling up their hay before the rain comes. NCC is no exception and you may have seen the tractors at County Hall mowing and baling our very own conservation meadow (once part of Repton’s landscaped grounds and originally grazed by cattle).

Four years ago NCC Ecologist, Ed Stocker, was granted permission from the County Hall Users Group (CHUG) to pilot a scheme to change the mowing regime of the meadow area with the aim of improving the wildlife value, reducing maintenance costs and helping to reduce our carbon emissions.

With mowing reduced from monthly to just once a year (with paths being mown for pedestrians more regularly), the scheme was an instant success with a huge increase in bees, butterflies and birds being attracted to the flowers that were already in the ground but which didn’t usually have a chance to grow (pictured right is a beautiful bee orchid). Staff have reported green woodpeckers looking for insects on the ground, and kestrels hunting for field mice that live in the longer grass.

The trees also became healthier, changing shape, with the lower branches growing down to the ground and the longer grass beneath helping to retain more moisture in the soil.

On another part of the meadow close to the main gate, staff members planted a small orchard of Norfolk variety apple trees. It is really interesting to see and taste the variety of forgotten apples that have been rediscovered and conserved by The East of England Apples and Orchards Project and NCC.

Initially the meadow was just 'topped' in late summer when the flowers had finished their cycle, and the cuttings were left on the ground. This is not the best management for the wildflowers, as all the nutrients from the rotting grass will make the following year's grass grow faster than the flowers, and the flowers cannot compete. Instead now, the meadow is baled up, which as well as conserving the wildflowers,provides a useable product from the site that benefits local farming and livestock businesses. The hay went to the lucky cows at Easton College.

This type of land use management is being increasingly used on land owned or managed by NCC and in some cases the baling is done cost free in return for the hay. Likewise, grazing takes place on nature reserves to keep the vegetation down - free, and again reducing carbon emissions.

By working more closely with Parish councils, volunteers and members of the public we are "leading by example" on how everyone can do something to help improve the environment of Norfolk for people and Wildlife.

Norfolk County Council owns and manages several nature reserves and parcels of land across the county, and this type of sustainable management will be used a great deal more in the future to keep these sites in favourable condition in a cost effective way. We work closely with other conservation groups, volunteers and increasingly Easton College and UEA students making use of their specialist skills and knowledge in return for the valuable work experience gained from real life projects.

Other teams across ETD are also already involved in promoting sustainable land management. Whether it is managing closed landfill sites, highway verges or national trails, we are finding new ways of working with local communities, businesses and volunteers to ensure that we continue to maintain a high level of service.

If you are interested in finding out more about these issues contact

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The June/July E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (19/07/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from June/July (19/07/13)

Birdsong phone apps 'harmful' to birds, say Dorset experts - BBC News Dorset - 12th June 2013

Honey bee losses double in a year due to poor winter. BBC News Science and Environment - 13 June 2013 -

Seven-spot ladybirds in Britain in decline - BBC News Science and Environment - 17th June

Pesticides kill more river life than was thought - The Local - 18th June

RSPB urges British public to create 1m 'homes for nature' - Guardian - 20th June 2013

Can corncrakes make a midsummer comeback? BBC Nature - 21st June

Winged insects 'blasted' by unsettled spring weather - BBC Nature - 28th June

Council grass cutting ban to protect bees is planned - The Telegraph - 28 Jun 2013

Interesting use of apps to get people mapping - 1st July

Nightingales' tags reveal habitat change on migratory routes - BBC News Cambridgshire - 1 July

World's oldest and largest species in decline - IUCN Red List - 2 July

Maps offer insight into UK bat distribution - BBC Science and Environment - 03 July 2013

Race against time to stop Britain's oak trees bleeding to death - The Telegraph - 7 Jul

Fewer bat sightings spark breeding fears - BBC Nature - 8 July

Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt - The Gaurdian - 14th July 2013

Flying ants arrive early in heatwave - The Telegraph - 17th July 2013

Warm summer helps butterflies bounce back in the UK - The Guardian - 18th July 2013

Imported bumblebees pose 'parasite threat' to native bees - BBC Science and Environment - 18th July 2013

New breeding site for Norfolk Hawker confirmed. In Cambridgeshire!

The NBN annual report is now available for download

iSpot adds a new taxonomical hierarchy feature to it's website. This allows you to see how your observation fits into the scientific classification of species


The May E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (14/06/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from May/June (14/06/13)

Marine and coastal biodiversity offsetting reports published
The Institution of Civil Engineers has published The Role of Coastal Engineers in Delivering No Net Loss through Biodiversity Offsetting. The paper explores the wider context within which an offsetting policy might be applied in coastal and estuarine areas, and says that coastal engineers must understand both what it means and what is needed.
Similarly, the Crown Estate has published a marine biodiversity offsetting scoping study for the UK.

Micro wind turbines and wildlife: integrating planning with ecology
The ecological impacts of micro wind turbines (up to 50 kW) are treated in a diverse way by different local authorities in the UK during the planning approval process, research suggests. The study calls for ecologists, policymakers, planners and industry representatives to improve the integration of ecological information within planning, and for greater guidance for local authorities on the ecological considerations of micro-turbines. The study concludes that the vast majority of wind micro-generation proposals will not be assisted by Permitted Development Rights (PDR) because most are for commercial turbines (which are not covered by PDRs) or domestic free standing turbines which usually exceed PDR restrictions on height or the swept area of the blades. These turbines will need to go through the usual planning process. An interdisciplinary approach to planning is recommended, whereby a working group of scientists, policy-makers, statutory agencies and industry members are consulted to ensure that wind micro-renewables are developed in a way that accounts for all stakeholder considerations.

2012 worst year on record for UK butterflies
The latest figures from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme show that 2012 was the worst year on record for UK butterflies, with 52 out of the 56 species monitored suffering declines. Rare species, including the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary fell by 46%. The vulnerable Marsh Fritillary was down 71% and the endangered Heath Fritillary saw its population drop by 50% in comparison to 2011. Common species also struggled. The widespread ‘Whites’ including Green-Veined White and the two 'Cabbage Whites', Large White and Small White saw their populations decline by more than 50%.

State of Natural Capital Report
The Natural Capital Committee’s first annual State of Natural Capital Report has been published. The Report is a high-level document setting out the NCC’s approach for the better measurement, valuation and management of our natural capital.

Short-haired bumblebee queens hoped to boost UK population - The Guardian - 03 June 2013

Most UK species in decline, wildlife stocktake shows - The Guardian - 21 May 2013
The RSPB: State of Nature Download the report here:
25 UK wildlife organisations have come together to publish the State of Nature Report, which shows that 60 per cent of the species studied have declined over recent decades. It also shows how crucial wildlife recording is! You can download the full report from the RSPB website:

UK tree expert issues 'unknown' pest threat warning - BBC News Science and environment - 17 May 2013

UK's rare spring butterflies make a late show- BBC Nature News - 17 May 2013

Why conservation needs emotion - The Guardian - 16 May 2013

'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals - BBC News Science and environment - 12 May 2013

Britain's rarest bees in steep decline - in pictures - The Guardian - 09 May 2013

UK public asked to spot biggest threats to tree health - The Guardian - 09 May 2013
Citizen science survey to monitor threats such as oak processionary moth and ash dieback disease

The disappearing turtle dove - The Independent - 08 May 2013

Increased biodiversity decreases the spread of disease - European Environment Agency - 08 May 2013

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  Abbey Farm Open Day 7th July (14/05/2013)

This event is a chance to enjoy the landscape and wildlife of Abbey Farm, Flitcham. There are open walks of varying lengths to take at your own pace. You can start these at any time from 8am to 8pm. They go to the farm’s wetlands with a chalk stream and orchid meadows, arable fields and flower-rich grasslands on the chalk hill-tops. There are also four guided walks:

  • 8.30am:  birds and farming
  • 11am:  bumble bees (led by Nick Owens, author of ‘Bumblebees of Norfolk’)
  • 2pm:  butterflies (led by Norfolk Butterfly Conservation)
  • 5pm:  pond and stream wildlife 

Light refreshments will be available from midday to 5pm in aid of Little Discoverers who support local children with motor learning difficulties and delayed development. There will also be displays about beekeeping by West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Beekeepers’ Association and moth-trapping.

All walks are free of charge. You are welcome to bring a picnic to have in the garden or out on the farm. Sorry no dogs (except on the public access grassland beside the village sports field).

Abbey Farm won the 2011 Ian MacNicol Farm Conservation Award (for farms in Norfolk) and came runner-up in the national Silver Lapwing Award 2012

See the Abbey Farm Open Day poster here

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The April E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (10/05/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from April (08/05/13)

IEEM has become CIEEM 
 Professional Ecology and Environmental Management is changing as IEEM  becomes CIEEM with a Royal Charter.

Long-term farm research gives farmland birds a lift
For the last five years, Hillesden Farm in Buckinghamshire has been the home of a detailed study where areas of the farm have been managed under different Environmental Stewardship options to provide a scientific comparison on how best to tackle the ‘hungry gap’ for farmland birds - the period between mid-winter and spring when naturally available and planted bird seed food can be in short supply in the countryside. The Hillesden Farm study showed that winter food habitats were largely exhausted by the end of December and that the separate provision of food at the farm level appeared to significantly increase the number of birds surviving over the winter.

A recent paper in the Journal of Wildlife Management says that increasing deer densities are damaging Britain's ecosystems and that annual culls of 50-60% are needed for certain species.

National Federation for Biological Recording has become the National Forum for Biological Recording.  It came to life at the annual conference in April.

Aquatic invasive species threat to UK rivers -

Parks, gardens & green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there - BBC News Health - 22 April 2013

Forestry Commission - News - next generation may be the last to see the native bluebell - Forestry Commission - 17 April 2013

Citizen science projects are the ultimate in public outreach, but researchers need to know their goals - - 10th April 2013

The UK's nature reserves act as 'ecological welcome mats' to new species, according to scientists - BBC Nature News - 10th April 2013

Taxonomists an endangered species - ETH Life

New report looks at our intergrated species monitoring programme - Natural England - 04 April 2013
Helpful wildlife that keep pests out of the veg patch - The Telegraph - 04 April 2013

Are childhood experiences the key to the long-term health of nature and the conservation sector? - The Ecologist 04 April 2013

Food chain in disarray after changes in voles' boom-and-bust breeding cycle - The Independent - 04 April 2013

This frozen spring has cost us the buzz of the English bumblebee - The Independent - 03 April 2013

Field Studies Council (FSC) and Natural England announce ‘citizen science’ programme to train volunteer wildlife recorders - Natural England - 02 April 2013

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An update from the Moss and Liverwort worlds, including a new county record (03/05/2013)

Robin Stevenson has provided us with an early 2013 update on some interesting Bryophyte records.  As it seems is customary he ends with poking fun at our occasional cake days and the excellent wildlife cake baked by one of our volunteers earlier in the year.....

A couple of snippets for you.
1) a new County record, 2) a couple of reappearances after long gaps.
1. On the Norfolk Bryology Group meeting to Marsham Great Wood, on 23rd February, Plagiothecium laetum (Bright Silk-moss) was found, new to Norfolk.
2. On 15th February, whilst making their way to Helhoughton Common to join up with the Norfolk Bryology Group, two Cambridge bryologists (Mark Hill and Jonathan Shanklin), stopped off in Helhoughton churchyard and found Leptobarbula berica (Beric Beard-moss). This is a very tiny, and therefore easily overlooked plant which was first found in Norfolk back in 1967, growing on damp brickwork on the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn. It vanished from that site when the building was repointed and the down pipes repaired, although it was found in east Norfolk in 2011, in Gawdy Hall Big Wood. It is, however, a pleasure to welcome it back to west Norfolk.
The liverwort Frullania tamarisci (Tamarisk Scalewort) was last recorded in 1986, growing on a willow in Cranberry Rough. Much to my surprise a healthy colony turned up, again on willow, in Bawsey Country Park on the outskirts of King’s Lynn on March 15th this year.
If anybody decides they are going to do a Moss Cake for an office cake day, I am (in exchange for a slice of the cake), prepared to offer any technical assistance which may be needed to ensure accuracy.
CR Stevenson

Photos: Robin Stevenson. Top Plagiothecium laetum at Marsham Great Wood Feb 2013; bottom Frullania tamarisci at Bawsey Country Park


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Norfolk Species Surveillance Network - Sign up to volunteer now! (11/04/2013)

NBIS are taking part in a Defra funded pilot study that aims to establish a volunteer species surveillance network across Norfolk.

We will be working closely with the existing recording network in Norfolk but are looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in taking part then please get in touch.

We will give training and support throughout the project and are able to help provide equipment and other resources.

Sign up to Volunteer for the Norfolk Species Surveillence Network


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Norfolk Bat Survey - Goes live today!! (10/04/13)

The "Norfolk Bat Survey" goes live today (

The aim, to conduct bat surveys across the whole of Norfolk, by providing an opportunity for anyone to take advantage of recent advances in technology for automating the capture and analysis of acoustic data for bats.
If you might be interested in taking part, please see the Norfolk Bat Survey press release, the website or their social networks:

Twitter:  @BatsNorfolk
Facebook:  Norfolk Bat Survey

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The March E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (02/04/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from March (02/04/13)

Quarter of a billion records celebrated at London NBN event

Ash management plan will slow the spread of dieback

Video master class exploring how economists value nature and seeing where biodiversity fits in

Research shows that exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides make bees forget the links between floral scent and food rewards

Saltmarsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Defra winter edition of “Biodiversity News” available

Five-step planning tool to protect and enhance urban greenspace published

European Report finds that invasive alien species pose greater risk than previously thought

BTO new Bird Atlas preview

Cold-tolerant wasp spiders spread to northern Europe

Tales from the trap – moth record blog from butterfly conservation

Giant squids are all basically identical
Floodplain Meadows Partnership winter newsletter available

Government rejects key recommendations for tackling wildlife crime

Big garden bird watch results in

BTO 2012 Annual garden birdwatch results in

Find a grid reference for any point in the UK

X ray scans reveals changes in a butterfly chrysalis

NASA space satellite show global greening as plants move northwards

What inspires insect names?

CPRE Norfolk newsletter available

Ash dieback reported at three new sites

Killer shrimp spread by watersports in Alpine lakes

Deer cull necessary to reduce impact on countryside

ID guide for 7 spot ladybird

Cuckoos heading back to UK

Environment Agency demonstrates value of citizen science monitoring for biodiversity

UK scientists unravel DNA of ash dieback

Great collection of species id resources

UK National action plan on pesticides published

Research report highlights the benefits of improving greenspace

Defra report explores motivation for environmental management activities on farms

Catchment Sensitive Farming grant scheme opens

Non-native trees and shrubs affect blue tit breeding success

Energy Crops Scheme open for new applications

Resource efficiency roadmap for the EU published

278 million Euros available under 7th LIFE programme – deadline 25th June 2013
Project headings: Nature and Biodiversity; Environment Policy and Governance and Information and Communication

The Wherryman’s way – a local’s guide

Radio 4 tale with a twist featuring signal crayfish: The Water Babies, a modern fairy tale

Every biological record is a “message in a bottle from a disappearing country”

Invasive Alien Afternoon II

On Wednesday the 27th March, Staff from the Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative, Environment Agency and the Broads Authority will be at Eaton Vale activity centre on the outskirts of Norwich to show you a range of the country’s most wanted alien species.

Unwanted non-native plants and animals are invading our waterways and pose a serious threat to our broads, lakes, rivers and streams. Once in a waterway these invasive species can disperse rapidly, adversely affecting recreational facilities, reducing fish populations and restricting navigation.

Along with killer shrimp, signal crayfish and mink there will also be an array of non-native plant species with experts on hand to help with identification as well as explain the damage these species do. 

 There'll be microscopes and hand-lenses available to help identification and there will also be trays of native invertebrates that are found during routine invertebrate surveys around the Broads.

 No need to book, just drop in anytime between 1pm and 7pm, Eaton Vale Activity Centre, Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich, NR4 6NN

For more information please contact
Will Burchnall
Wetland Biosecurity Officer, Broads Authority
Tel: 01603 756003 Mobile: 07788 438121

Further event  information online: event posters are available here
Or on Twitter – @NorfolkNNSI or @shrimpcrusader

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The February E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (21/03/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from February (28/02/13)

Defra announce new body to protect forests for future generations
A new, independent public body will hold in trust the nation’s publicly-owned forests for future generations, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced. Alongside the continuing work of the Forestry Commission, this new body will own, maintain and safeguard our forests on behalf of the public.

Up to 500 new mineral site details on updated NAM website
The update to the Mapping Tool facility of Nature After Minerals (NAM)’s dedicated website is now released!

Report tracks threats from Europe's alien invasion - BBC News Science & Environment - 21 February 2013

The most lethal invader...Asian hornet that preys on native bees  - The Telegraph - 21 February 2013

Houston we have a problem: where are our young entomologists???

Research by ZSL shows almost 1/5 of world reptiles at risk of extinction - BBC Nature - 15 February 2013

Biological recording on BBC Radio 4 - Saving Species, Series 3, Rarities and Recordings - BBC Radio 4 - 14 Februrary 2013

EU budget deal for farmers raises wildlife concerns - BBC News Science & Environment - 12 February 2013
The European Commission is fighting a rearguard action to force farmers to work in a way that benefits the environment.

Essential Biodiversity Variables - another way of measuring how biodiversity is faring - Cardiff University News Centre - 08 February 2013

WWF plans to use drones to protect wildlife - The Guardian - 07 February 2013

Scientists identify sticky gunk that killed seabirds off south coast - The Independent - 06 February 2013

Habitats Directive Risks
The Environment Agency has published a Habitats Directive Risks tool. The tool shares information on the risks posed to protected sites from activities the Environment Agency regulate.

The moths vanishing from Britain's night skies - in pictures - The Guardian - 01 February 2013

First butterflies, now moths decline - The Telegraph - 01 February 2013

Phytophthora ramorum found on larch in east Scotland - Forestry Commission Website - 31 January 2013

Sale of Invasive Water Plants Banned - Defra - 29th January
Defra has announced that the sale of five invasive non-native aquatic plant species is to be banned. The banned plants are Water Fern, Parrot’s Feather, Floating Pennywort, Australian Swamp Stone-crop (New Zealand Pygmyweed), and Water Primrose.
For more information, click here:

Engagement with the Natural Environment - Natural England website - 23 January 2013
Natural England has published the report 'Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment Survey (2009-2012): Difference in Access to the Natural Environment Between Social Groups Within the Adult English Population.'

Proposals to Improve Honey Bee Health
Defra has launched a consultation on 'Proposed Changes to Managing and Controlling Pests and Diseases.'
The consultation is inviting comments on proposals that emerged from a Defra review of current policies on managing honey bee pests and diseases.

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GeoConservationUK Newsletter (December 2012) - Download here

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The January E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (01/02/13)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from January (01/02/13)

Mayfly nymph is one of the commonest finds in garden ponds at this time of year

Stern: “I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse”
Steer was interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive consultation published

 New controls on the import of native trees announced by Owen Paterson

Environment Minister announces funding for research to reduce gardeners’ reliance on peat

 Walk England will manage all promotional activity for the 15 National Trails in England and Wales from April 2013

Europe has failed to learn from environmental disasters says report by the European Environment Agency

Read the latest update from the National Federation for Biological Recording

Keep up with UK and Eire Natural History Bloggers

 Natural England publishes data on Indicator 1.16 “Utilisation of green space for exercise/health reasons”

Natural England announces new measures to safeguard native bees

EU Food Safety Authority identifies risks to bees from three neonicotinoid insecticides

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) releases report of 11th meeting

Blue carbon portal launched to improve understanding of marine ecosystems

Research published on reedbed management for invertebrates

New Plantlife Report: Our Vanishing Flora
Ten species have become extinct in the 60 year reign of H.M  The Queen. Read more here:

‘Natural’ beekeeping could improve health of bee colonies

EU Commission considering a ban on bee-harming pesticides

Enter the Wildlife Whisperer wildlife photo competition

Time Team explore spectacular Roman site at Brancaster

Online survey launched to establish what work is underway to map ecosystems services

 Start planning for this year’s garden bioblitz!

 Paths for Communities funding available from Natural England
The scheme is for community action to develop and enhance the Public Rights of Way network in England.

Hunting for green heroes
Organised by the National Trust and Countryfile magazine, the 2013 Octavia Hill Awards open for nominations in four categories: natural hero; green space guardian; people’s champion; and Love Places

Opportunity to comment on the way Biodiversity 2020 indicators are presented

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The December installment of our E-Bulletin: Biodiversity News in Norfolk; available to DOWNLOAD NOW (21/12/12)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from December (20/12/12)

Changes in urban birds over 100 year period - the value of old notebooks - Berkeley USA - 26 November 2012

Butterfly Survival Blueprint Unveiled - 04 December 2012

For the first time, the report by Butterfly Conservation provides concrete evidence that projects aimed at conserving butterflies and moths at a landscape-scale have enabled threatened species to flourish after decades of decline.

Seemingly tougher southern migration for BTO Cuckoos this year - 6 have made it to central Africa, including our Norfolk tagged Cuckoo Chris, he is currently in the Congo

UK wild bird population declines, with specialist species suffering the most - The Guardian - 06 December 2012
The UK's wild bird population fell by 1.9% in 2011, with total numbers down by 13.7% since 1977. There has been significant variation between species and habitat groups, with specialist species seeing marked declines

Last Christmas? Partridges and turtle doves face risk of extinction in UK - The Guardian - 06 December 2012

Birds in popular carol The Twelve Days of Christmas are disappearing from countryside at alarming rates, scientists say

 Ash dieback infection sites have doubled within a month, figures show - The Guardian - 06 December 2012
The number of sites infected by deadly fungus reaches 291 as environment secretary unveils national control plan

Cutting edge science used to reveal persecution of England's rarest breeding bird, the hen harrier - Rare Bird Alert - 10 December 2012

Ascension Frigatebirds return home after 180 year absence - Rare Bird Alert - 10 December 2012 , great effort to rid island of cats now paying off

 Honey bees' genetic code unlocked - BBC News Science & Environment - 11 December 2012
It could, they suggest, offer an insight into problems like Colony Collapse Disorder..

New guide to freshwater invertebrates published: The latest in the FBA's series of identification keys, Guide to

Extravagant, yes, exotic, certainly – but black swans aren't as rare as you may think - The Independent - 12 Dember 2012

News from Defra - 31 Marine Conservation Zones are set for consultation - Defra Website - 13 December 2012

 Extinct oil beetle discovery takes species numbers from fab four to famous five - Buglife website - 14 December 2012
A beetle hotspot on the South Devon coast has re-written the record books for the second time in six years with the discovery of an oil beetle which was last seen in 1906 and thought to have been extinct for over one hundred years.

The first genetic data on the fungus afflicting British ash trees is released on the web to help research efforts - BBC News Science & Environment - 14 December 2012

Natural England - Higher Level Stewardship reaches major landmark as 10,000th agreement begins

 Defra technical review of the Phytophthora programme
Defra recently announced that Fera had set up an expert group to review and evaluate the degree to which the Defra-funded 5 year Phytophthora Programme which started in April 2009 has so far met its objective to reduce the risk of significant tree death and significant impact on woodlands and heathlands within England and Wales.

OPAL Explore Nature OPALnature

You sent us more than 5,000 surveys in the 1st year of our Bugs Count. Here's a taster of what they've shown us so far

100 years ago: Britain welcomes grey squirrel colonists  - The Guardian - 11 December 2012 (Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 11 December 1912)

Yulp..."at any rate it is to be hoped that no one will shoot at or trap a grey squirrel under the impression that they are doing a service to science; we should learn no more than we know from a specimen." - oops

 Review of Environment Agency and Natural England begins - Defra website - 12 December 2012
A joint triennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England has started.
The review will provide an opportunity to look at what functions the Environment Agency and Natural England carry out and how they do it. Its aim is to ensure that we have sufficiently strong and resilient delivery bodies to meet our environmental ambitions. It will also be used to explore innovative options for improvements in service delivery and efficiency.

New licensing regime announced to help safeguard native bees - Natural England website - 17 December 2012

Natural England has today announced changes to the regulations affecting the use of imported non-native bumblebees for commercial pollination.
The changes – which will be implemented from 1 January 2013 - are designed to help safeguard the health of native bumble bees and honey bees and will see a tightening of the licensing regulations.

 New Natural Environment and Health evidence from Natural England
Data is now available from Natural England to support Indicator 1.16 ‘utilisation of green space for exercise/health reasons’ under the ‘Wider determinant of health’ domain of the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). The data comes from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey, which has been running for 3.5 years with over 40,000 interviews each year. This national survey provides baseline and trend data on how people use the natural environment in England. A full list of the indicator scores for England as well as supporting information can be found at: or as part of a new interactive online tool launched recently by the Department of Health to share the first set of baseline data for 39 of the 66 PHOF indicators. The data will be used by Health and Wellbeing Boards and others to monitor the health of people in their authority area.
Data from MENE is complemented by other evidence on the benefits of the natural environment for health, drawn together by Natural England, which can help support the production of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Health and Wellbeing Strategies. See: including the ‘evidence based Health and the Natural Environment information pack’ which is linked from this page.

 Ecosystem services and human health online tool
An online tool has been developed in the USA to illustrate the links between human health and ecosystem services.  Some ecosystems services, such as air filtration, are not immediately apparent and it can be hard to understand the impact these services have on people’s daily lives. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser allows users to explore the services that ecosystems provide and how they affect human health and well-being. It has been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

FWAG reunited
A new national FWAG (Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) Association has been launched. For more than four decades FWAG was unrivalled for being a dedicated provider of environmental and conservation advice to farmers. Its loss in 2011 when the organisation entered into administration was a huge blow and regarded as a detrimental step for those wishing to integrate environmental measures while keeping farming profitable. The launch of the new association is the result of discussions between a number of locally based independent groups formed by ex-FWAG staff and volunteers who have continued to deliver environmental management advice to farmers in a number of local areas in England. The result of these discussions is that a new FWAG Association has been formed, which will offer comprehensive advice to farmers across 65% of the country’s land area but will expand over a period of time.

The December installment of our E-Bulletin: Biodiversity News in Norfolk; available to DOWNLOAD NOW (21/12/12)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from December (20/12/12)

Changes in urban birds over 100 year period - the value of old notebooks - Berkeley USA - 26 November 2012

Butterfly Survival Blueprint Unveiled - 04 December 2012
For the first time, the report by Butterfly Conservation provides concrete evidence that projects aimed at conserving butterflies and moths at a landscape-scale have enabled threatened species to flourish after decades of decline.