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.
A confirmed record for the Asian Hornet has been found in Devon by the National Bee unit.
Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL) has published new guidance to help Local Planning Authorities to identify and protect brownfield sites that have historical and environmental value for local communities.
A stretch of Essex coastline has been given international protection. The announcement by Natual England will protect important open water feeding areas, and builds upon the protection already afforded to important little tern breeding sites in the area, helping to ensure the full range of habitats needed by the birds is protected.