To enable Link 2 Nature to make informed decisions regarding conservation priorities across Wiltshire and Swindon, we need to first understand where the priority habitats/species populations are and what condition they are in.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC) is one of a national network of Local Records Centres (LRCs) across the UK. Housed at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's headquarters in Devizes the WSBRC is a small team of staff and volunteers whose role is to collect, collate, manage, interpret and disseminate biological and geological information for our area.
WSBRC also supports and encourages high quality biological recording and monitoring by volunteers, community groups and organisations.
The work of the WSBRC is underpinned by a network of volunteer County Recorders who are experts in their particular field, along with the work of partner organisations who carry out surveying and monitoring of species, sites and habitats.
A key function of the WSBRC is to provide biological information to a variety of users. These might be local authorities, statutory agencies, environmental consultants, landowners, voluntary organisations and members of the public. The WSBRC provides products and services including data searches, production of species distribution maps, habitat mapping, data analysis or interpretation and MapInfo GIS and data management training.
By carrying out these and other paid professional services, the WSBRC can continue to provide a variety of free information and support services to volunteer recorders and the general public. General enquiries on wildlife matters are answered free of charge by Wildlife Information Volunteers. Read more about our services.
The information provided on protected and otherwise notable species, notified sites and priority habitats allows decision makers and other users a clearer picture of the wildlife interest of an area. WSBRC cannot advise users on the best course of action based on this information though – this advice should be sought from local authority ecologists, Natural England or other ecological advisers. Find out more about data search service.