Services we provide

NBIS collates, manages and supplies biodiversity data to users. 
NBIS responds to
data enquiries from local authorities, consultants, statutory agencies, conservation bodies, voluntary recorders and the general public.  Most enquiries seek information about species, habitat and site data.  NBIS responds with distribution maps and inventories of species and habitats.

Burnham Ovary: Sea Holly (David North)
Although there is currently no public access to the centre, NBIS is always keen to hear from Norfolk residents who want to find out more about local biodiversity, perhaps in the context of parish plans.

 As part of our increased staff complement and our enhanced services, we are now undertaking extensive BAP habitat mapping projects in cooporation with the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership, including a Norfolk wetland habitat inventory update for Natural England. Other mapping projects in relation the Green Infrastructure Strategy for the Greater Norwich Growth Area has taken place. The service now has capacity, and is very keen, to undertake further habitat/species mapping and related projects. Emphasis on partnership working is very important, hence current and future projects involve work with/through Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission.

The increased capacity of NBIS has allowed us to play a key role in the Local Area Agreement (LAA) National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships. The National indicator 197 assessed improved local biodiversity through the identification of the "proportion of Local Sites (County Wildlife Sites) where positive conservation management has been or is being implemented" - the LAA no longer exists and hence the neither does the indicator; however it has been replaced by the CLG ‘”central departments' data requirements” dataset: Local nature conservation/biodiversity, this assesses exactly the same but under a different name.. The desktop analysis for this indicator has been undertaken by NBIS.

 

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Photo: Sea Holly, Burnham Ovary (David North)