Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Welcome to NBRC

Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre (NBRC) supports the recording, curation and sharing of quality verified environmental information for sound decision-making. We are a not-for profit, impartial, independent provider of biodiversity and geodiversity information for all who wish to use it. The centre is one of nearly fifty county-based Local Environmental Records Centres operating across the UK and we are members of the national Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC), the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), the National Forum for Biological Recording (NFBR), and the county’s Biodiversity Partnership and Local Nature Partnership.


2021 Gaps in the map












Help us by reporting your wildlife sightings. See our Gaps in the Map 2021 to help target your recording.

For your first record submission, please read our Wildlife Recording Handbook and quick guide to Using the NBRC Website to Submit Biological Records.

Keep in touch with the NBRC and contact us to sign up to recive our newsletter.

Request a data search to gain information about species, habitats and wildlife sites in a particular location of Northamptonshire.

Planning for habitat enhancement on your site?  Book our Drone service for birds-eye-view aerial imagery of whole sites, assess tricky areas quickly and safely and show change through captured film and photography.

Enquire about an annual service level agreement for your organisation to gain digital GIS layers.

Join in with our 'Look out for ....' species focused surveys

Although our WILDside project has sadly come to an end, we will be continuing our Look out for... species focused surveys.

Swift photo: David Tipling/2020VISION
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Welcome to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Swift Survey hosted by Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre (NBRC).

Swifts are built for speed and are returning to our shores from April, we need you to record when they do, where they can nest and monitor breeding behaviour. The population of these birds has halved in last twenty years. The reason for this decline is complex, but we do know that they need safe nesting sites in order to breed. This survey over Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire helps inform Wildlife Trust action: to help build a connected network of nesting sites (and habitats for their insect food). Help these wonderful birds recover!


Bee-fly image by John Showers

It's nearly bee-fly season again and we'd like to continue with our bee-fly surveys to help map and monitor the distribution of these fascinating flies across the county.  In 2018, the dotted bee-fly was recorded in Northants for the first time and we've added the option to submit a record of this species as well as your records of the dark-edged bee-fly.  For an update on their distribution across the county and to learn more about their life-cycle, read the blog written by John Showers, Northants County Recorder for Diptera and submit your records to our Look out for Bee-flies survey.

Badger group image

We need your help to find Badgers!

NBRC are hosting the Northamptonshire Badger Group survey.

This group holds records of badger activity across the county, provides advice and organises rescue and rehabilitation.  Your help is needed to increase and update their records.  As a small community group, they rely on volunteers and members of the public to report badger information.  Records of badger activity in the southern half of the county are particlularly needed.

For more information about how you can help and submit your records, please visit our Look out for Badgers survey page.

Common frog - Rana temporaria

Thank you for taking part in NBRC's LOOK OUT FOR… PONDS! SURVEY. Please make sure you record legally and safely.

We are looking for submissions of all known pond locations.  Currently this is missing information in Northamptonshire. With your help we aim to gain current information about the distribution, coverage and condition of Northamptonshire’ s ponds. Thanks to the Environment Agency for their support in our development of this, our first, habitat based ‘Look out for…’ survey, we are looking for your data collection submissions via both paper form and/or use of mobile survey tools.