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Discovery awaits in the twilight: Take part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme by Chloe-Lea Longden

Bat Detecting (BCT/Anne Youngman)

Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. You can help to monitor how the UK's bats are currently faring by taking part in the Bat Conservation Trust’s National Bat Monitoring Programme surveys which involve observing these fascinating mammals in your local area.

Garden BioBlitz Results: June 2016

The Results

This year’s national Garden BioBlitz was held over the weekend of the 4-5 June.  Supported by Springwatch and the BBC’s Do Something Great campaign, scores of enthusiastic naturalists braved unpredictable weather to see what else called their gardens home.  Four week on, and we’re ready to announce the results.

A grand total of 1,292 species were spotted, plus a couple of hundred at genus or family level.  In total 93 people submitted a whopping 6,007 records, of which 5,389 were identified to species. 

National Water Vole Database & Mapping Project

By Peter G Trimming (Panpipes of Vole Island auf flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Wildlife records are collected and shared for a number of reasons but high among them is the onward use of that information for the benefit of the wildlife that has been recorded. We see it as an essential part of our role as a Local Environmental Records Centre to support this as best as we can. 

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:

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