The Brecks is an important area for wildlife both in a UK and international context. However, many of the species records come from a few well recorded designated sites, with recording often done on an ad hoc basis. This means that it is often difficult to detect changes in the biodiversity of the area. There is, therefore, a need for wider recording of the Brecks area and a structured programme of species surveillance and monitoring.
Led by the Norfolk Biological Information Service (NBIS), this project will establish a network of volunteers recording wildlife throughout the BNG area. It will operate at 3 levels:
Beginner: provide training and encouragement to those new to recording wildlife.
Species surveillance: help people take the next step into more serious recording of sites. This will allow a number of important sites in the Brecks to be monitored and will also help to ensure sustainable long-term monitoring of sites where work is taking place as part of other BNG projects. Data collected will feed into the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network.
River corridor survey – Little Ouse headwaters to Brandon: A survey of the Little Ouse river, from its headwaters at Redgrave and Lopham Fens to Brandon. This is the only major river in Norfolk which has not yet been fully surveyed for non-native species and this type of survey is well suited to volunteers.
All data collected will be entered online to an existing recording system developed by NBIS for the Norfolk Species Surveillance Network and will be made available for use via local records centres and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) gateway.
Recruitment of volunteers has begun! If you're interested in getting involved please contact Sam Neal Biodiversity Officer (Information) for NBIS at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01603 638027.
NBIS would like volunteers to record all sightings of wildlife in The Brecks:
"You can help us in recording wildlife in The Brecks at anytime of the year - by sending us records of any sighting, of any species, anywhere.
We also do not just collate information on rare or protected species, nor do we just record species within our public surveys - please send us records of any species.....even a blackbird in your garden!"
If you'd like to get involved, please click here to go to the NBIS wildlife recorders online page.