It will soon be time to look out for and report beeflies in Northants. They usually emerge in mid-late March but it is possible that some could be found in late February in mild, sheltered spots. Until 2018, we only had one species in Northants. This was the widespread Dark-edged Beefly, Bombylius major.
Biological Record Centre Data must stand up to legal scrutiny; thus, the team must ensure completeness, accuracy and precision in the database. Biological record validation & verification is an ongoing process.
Annual 'flowering' plant hunt to start off the recording year.
We are firmly heading into the ideal ‘maximum pond boundary’ gathering season for our ‘Look out for …Ponds’ Survey. Knowing the area of each pond aids us to map the water resources for our wildlife and feed into species modelling.
Camera traps have given us a new view of the shyer species living alongside us. Help Northants as a ‘trapper’ by uploading your footage and as a ‘spotter’ by reviewing footage and identifying the species for biological records. Work together in our ‘Look out for…mammals’ with Mammal Web. Protection starts with what we know.
Collect once – and use infinitely! How you can work with the NBRC to submit your ecological reports, and support the wider ecology profession with quality comprehensive data for good decision making.
From here you can access recording forms to log sightings of screaming parties, nest sites in buildings and dedicated nest boxes.
For more information about swifts, including help with identification and nest boxes, please visit the Wildlife Trust BCN Help our swifts information page.
Ponds are a supporting habitat for a wide variety of species, both as a home, a resource and migratory pathway. By enhancing the available knowledge through this survey we inform decision making at landscape scale for species protection.