• In order to protect our local wildlife we need to be able to understand how it uses the landscape and green spaces. We need your help to do this.

  • Urban Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) are essential to protecting and conserving the wildlife of Merseyside. Requests for information on North Merseyside LWS are free of charge.

  • The Slender groundhopper (Tetrix subulata) is now thought to be a permenant resident and could be expanding its range..

  • North Merseyside is home to an amazing combination of wildlife and wildplaces. From the internationally recognised Sefton Coast to the urban parks of Liverpool.

Merseyside BioBank (MBB) is the Local Records Centre (LRC) for North Merseyside. We collect and collate biological and environmental information and make it available to people interested in learning more about their local environment. We promote the North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan and wider participation in conservation through education, community involvement and by supporting the biological recording community of North Merseyside. You can help us to protect wildlife in our area by sending in your records.

Find out more about Merseyside BioBank.

Sighted: Speckled Bush-cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

This little lady was brought into the office yesterday (26/09/2016) by Jed Lloyd a ranger of in neighbouring Halton. It's a Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima). Predominantly a species of south and middle England and Wales and one which, while noted to occur over a wider area, we have had very few records for Merseyside. In fact on checking the database we have zero records! However, we're pretty sure in the office that someone has mentioned this seeing this species on or near the Sefton Coast so we'll be looking into that.

Sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Asian Hornet

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

Commercially Open Species Data

Some, most, perhaps even all of you will be aware of the very rapid changes the conservation sector is being put through at the moment. One of the biggest changes we are adapting to is the push for 'Open Data'.

The term Open Data means different things depending on your personal views, what you've read and or what organisation you work for! At its most fundamental, for me at least, i guess it means data that is available and visible to whoever wants or otherwise needs to use it.

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