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 July E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (27/07/16)

Download and read no. 56 here. 


A collection of interesting biodiversity news from July (27/07/16)


Whale and winghead sharks move step closer to extinction https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/08/whale-and-winghead-sharks-move-step-closer-to-extinction?CMP=share_btn_tw 

Australia's vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave, study reveals https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/07/australias-vast-kelp-forests-devastated-by-marine-heatwave-study-reveals?CMP=share_btn_tw

Massive mangrove die-off on Gulf of Carpentaria worst in the world, says expert https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/11/massive-mangrove-die-off-on-gulf-of-carpentaria-worst-in-the-world-says-expert?CMP=share_btn_tw

UN: Global fish consumption per capita hits record high http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36716579

Vietnam blames toxic waste water from steel plant for mass fish deaths https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/01/vietnam-blames-toxic-waste-water-fom-steel-plant-for-mass-fish-deaths?CMP=share_btn_tw

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36895071


Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/49781?platform=hootsuite

Why do islands give rise to such unusual creatures? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36805227

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2ddfrd

GPS tags reveal the secret life of urban gulls https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/14/gps-tags-reveal-the-secret-life-of-urban-seagulls?CMP=share_btn_tw

'Three centuries' to catalogue all Amazon tree species http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36790714

African wildlife officials appalled as EU opposes a total ban on ivory trade https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/06/african-wildlife-officials-appalled-as-eu-opposes-a-total-ban-on-ivory-trade?CMP=share_btn_tw

US army veteran rescues bald eagle trapped in a tree http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/july-4th-us-army-veteran-rescues-bald-eagle-trapped-in-a-tree-a7119226.html

Tim the Kenyan elephant seeks out human help after being hurt by spear http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/tim-the-kenyan-elephant-seeks-out-human-help-after-being-hurt-by/

Japanese knotweed panic spread by council websites is causing gardeners to break the law http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/03/japanese-knotweed-panic-spread-by-council-websites-is-causing-ga/

Your chance to sponsor a satellite-tagged study cuckoo - for £3,000 http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/your_chance_to_sponsor_a_satellite_tagged_study_cuckoo_for_3_000_1_4598828?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

How did things get so bad for hedgehogs? Here's how to save them http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/how-did-things-get-so-bad-for-hedgehogs-heres-how-to-save-them/

How is the unpredictable weather affecting our wildlife? http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160713-how-butterflies-and-birds-cope-with-unpredictable-weather?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

2016 could be worst year on record for British butterflies, experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/2016-could-be-worst-year-on-record-for-british-butterflies-experts-warn

Dragonflies, ladybirds and sloe gin under threat from soggy British summer http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/14/dragonflies-ladybirds-and-sloe-gin-under-threat-from-soggy-briti/

 Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/20/june-2016-14th-consecutive-month-of-record-breaking-heat-says-us-agencies?CMP=share_btn_tw

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

Brandon Country Park Bioblitz, 29th & 30th July 2016, 10.00 - 15.00, Brandon Country Park

Come and join our race to find as much wildlife as we can! Pond dipping, guided walks, kids activity packs and prizes, wild walks, bug hunting, ammal trapping, family fun! This event is free to attend and no booking is necessary http://www.nbis.org.uk/brecksbioblitz

Sun Down on Swardeston Common, 5th August 2016, 18.00 – 20.30, Swardeston Common

Join Norfolk Wildlife Trust for a fun filled evening of guided walks, wild craft activities, minibeast hunting, insect home building and much much more! This event is FREE to attend and no booking is necessary! 

Dragonflies of the Brecks, 13th August 2016, 10.00 – 15.00, Redgrave and Lopham Fen

Full day workshop and field visit with Pam Taylor (Norfolk County Recorder for Dragonflies & British Dragonfly Society.)  The workshop will involve a morning classroom session on how to identify and record dragonflies and damselflies, followed by an opportunity to put your new skills into practice at Redgrave and Lopham Fen National Nature reserve. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is one of the best places in the Brecks and Norfolk to see dragonflies and damselflies, with the possibility of seeing the very rare Scarce Emerald Damselfly. The event is free but booking is essential

Riverside Mammals: Field Tracks and Signs, 16th August 2016, 16.30 – 20.30, Blo’ Norton Village Hall

Led by the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife Officer Darren Tansley, the event will start with an introduction to riverside mammals and their ecology, with some key ID skill training, followed by a field session in the surrounding fens.  The event is free but booking is essential  

Wild about the Brecks! 20th August 2016, 10.00 – 18.00, King’s House Gardens

Come and celebrate the amazing wildlife and landscape of the Brecks with a range of local organisations. Activities will include pond dipping, minibeast hunts, guided walks and nature trails! All welcome, from experienced to beginners!  This event is FREE to attend and no booking is necessary!  

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