Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has recently been working with other records centres in the East of England region to map and survey known orchard sites as part of a three year lottery funded project. The first phase of the Orchards East project involved mapping historic orchard sites from the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps of the early 20th Century. In total over 4,000 historic orchard sites were identified in Essex.
The Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre database now holds over half a million records!
A Guide to Marine licensing has been published on the Gov.uk website, aimed at helping to explain the marine licensing process to Local Planning Authorities.
The Association for Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) has published updated guidance on accessing biodiversity information.
The information is aimed at Local Authorities and other data users and outlines what information is needed for Local Authorities to comply with their statutory duties, and what information is available.
The guidance can be accessed via ALERc's website here.
Essex Wildlife Trust volunteer George Catchpole has been shortlisted in two categories at the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing, the David Robertson Award for Marine and Coastal wildlife and the Gilbert White award for terrestrial and freshwater wildlife.