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BIS website maintenance 21st & 22nd February

We will be carrying out essential works to the BIS website, BIS WiReD and Aderyn between midday Wednesday 21st February and 5pm Thursday 22nd February.

You will not be able to access these sites between these times.

Please ensure you have viewed or downloaded any information you need before Wednesday 21st.  

If you have any queries then please get in touch.

Added 14/02/2018 09:52


Survey a Sqaure Launch 14th April 2018

Our Survey a Square biological recording campaign will launch on Saturday 14th April with square SN8111, near Ystradgynlias. There will be a follow up event on Monday 23rd April in square SN8009.

Survey a Square
will highlight 1km squares where BIS hold only 1 or zero records. There will be 1 square advertised per vice county per month following the April launch. In May look out for squares in Radnorshire, Montgomereyshire and Brecknockshire. 

The events will record all species and these wi


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Added 09/02/2018 16:24


Lesser Recorded monads / 1km squares

Coming Soon......Squares of the Month
In the BIS area there are many 1km squares with only 1 or 0 records. The map show the location of these lesser recorded monads.
Each month 3 squares of the month will be announced, one in each vice county, as a focus for recording effort to increase the recording holding for that square.
We'll be launching this in April in association with Brecknock Wildlife Trust covering 2 squares in the Ystradgynlais area.



Added 24/01/2018 16:59


Lichens and Snails - Training Courses at BIS

See our Events page for more details on these and other courses. Both are for beginners and will enable you to identify the common species. To book on email ben@bis.org.uk. 


Added 22/01/2018 14:54


BIS revised scale of charges

Go to the library to see revised hourly charges as passed by the BOD on 13/11/2017. Click here.


Added 12/12/2017 16:41


BIS Managers Report to Members 2016

BIS held its latest AGM on the 13th November 2017. The manager presented this report as a summary of work in 2016/17.


Added 24/11/2017 14:58


Autumn edition of the BIS Recorders newsletter is out now

Welcome to the autumn edition of the BIS newsletter. In this bumper edition there are exciting articles on ladybirds, Hairy Dragonflies, Pearl-Bordered and Marsh Fritillaries, reviews of 2016 for Breconshire Birds and Brecknock Botany Group along with further ins and outs at BIS and our second Recorder of the Season. On page 19 is the programme for this year’s Recorders Forum on 28th November 2017.... more


Added 12/12/2017 16:47


Buglife Cymru’s Autumn Oil Beetle Hunt

Last spring Buglife asked for your help in recording oil beetles in Wales, and thanks to your help we now have a much better idea of where these threatened beetles are; we can now use this information to help to protect and enhance the wildflower-rich habitats upon which the beetles rely.

You may have now caught the oil beetle recording ‘bug’ and can’t wait til next spring to get out and look for more beetles. Well, fear not though as this is the time of year that our third and mos

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Added 13/09/2017 10:32


Launch of Aderyn at LERC Wales 10th Anniversary Event

Following the launch of the Aderyn ( Biodiversity Information Reporting Database) public tools in June 2016 additional tools including planning reporting, full partner access and commercial reporting were demonstrated at the LERC Wales 10 yr Anniversary Event. The work of the Local Environmental Records Centres was showcased at University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) on Friday, July 14th 2017.
As well as two guest speakers, (the keynote presented by Andy Middleton, co-founder of the TYF
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Added 25/07/2017 12:04


LERC Wales reaches 10 million records

The 10 millionth record was received by West Wales Information Centre and was a record of Whorled Caraway, the county flower of Camarthenshire. The county can be considered a s the global stronghold of the species.


Added 24/07/2017 15:39