100 million records help create one of the largest wildlife databases in the world
A wildlife database launched just a decade ago has reached its 100 millionth record, making it one of the biggest in the world.
This online resource, the National Biodiversity Network Gateway, has grown rapidly, from its prototype beginnings when 100,000 records were available in the late 1990s, to 20 million records in 2006, 50 million in 2010 and now to a staggering 100 million species records from across the United Kingdom.
Local planning authorities (LPA's) in England will be able to assess whether a proposed development is likely to affect the country's 4,128 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) thanks to a simple-to-use online tool produced by Natural England.
The Impact Risk Zones (IRZs) dataset is a GIS tool which maps zones around each SSSI according to the particular sensitivities of the features for which it is notified and specifies the types of development that have the potential to have adverse impacts.
The Essex Rivers Hub was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust, funded through the Environment Agency and includes a wide range of partners from many sectors across the catchment. This has formed one of a number of Catchment Partnerships in England, set up to support and take forward activities relating to the Water Framework Directive.
Partnership website: http://www.essexrivershub.org.uk/
The latest version of the Seabird Monitoring Programme annual report, covering the period from 1986 to the 2013 breeding season, has now gone live at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-3201.
Here we present the latest analysed trends in abundance, productivity, demographic parameters and diet of breeding seabirds, from the Seabird Monitoring Programme, along with interpretative text on the likely causes of change based on the most recent research.
Following the discovery of Himalayan balsam, an invasive non-native species, along the Roman River catchment south of Colchester in 2011, funding was obtained from the Environment Agency to manually pull up the plants along the river catchment to allow native species to recolonise the area. A summer of volunteer effort along the catchment in 2012 appeared to pay off, as by 2013 far fewer plants were evident in the area. So far so good.