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BRC produces a range of publications, of which the best known are its atlases and provisional atlases. Recently, we have expanded our range to include starter packs and books and papers about species attributes.

» Main atlases
» Provisional atlases and similar
» Starter packs
» Red data books
» Species attributes
» Other publications (journal papers etc)

Main Atlases are commercially published books, presenting the current state of knowledge for well recorded groups as the culmination of a recording scheme. Recent Main Atlases include text information about the species, as well as other supporting material such as analyses of trends.

BRC also publishes Provisional Atlases, which give recorders an indication of progress and illustrate early results. A facility to present early results is also available on the NBN Gateway. Provisional Atlases have become increasingly detailed - indeed less provisional - for example the Hoverfly Atlas, which provides charts of flight-period as well as text, and the Atlas of Aquatic Bugs, which has biological information and identification aids for some of the animals.

BRC's Provisional Atlases can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


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