Interactive Maps

Biodiversity hotspot map

While most of the work at Merseyside BioBank involves helping people to do wildlife recording and ensuring that information then gets imported and standardised as part of our information systems. We also like to try and visualise that information in ways that can help you as the recorder to see what is being achieved and also sometimes where the gaps are.

Sally Tapp: Secret life of Albert Dock

Greater Pipefish, full - Syngnathus acus (Sally Tapp)

As part of the Heritage on the Dock Festival 2016 we ran a Wildlife Discovery and Talk at Albert Dock in Liverpool, Merseyside. At the height of its power, Albert Dock was home to many international innovations, however, these were short-lived and it thrived for a mere half a century before its days were numbered.  The story of its regeneration and the subsequent colonisation by marine wildlife is both fascinating and a great illustration of the power of nature.

New taxon for Crosby Coastal Park

Notes on Oenothera hybrid (Phil Smith)

A small-flowered Evenint-primrose from a population found at Crosby Coastal Park was collected and sent to Rosemary Murphy, the national referee for Oenothera, earlier this year. Rosemary has now carried out a detailed examination of the plant material and has concluded that it is most likely the 'triple hybrid' Oenothera glazioviana x O. biennis x O.cambrica an identification which had previously been suspected.

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.

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