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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 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
- indeed less provisional - for example the Hoverfly Atlas,
which provides charts of flight-period as well as text, and the
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.
Atlas of the Fleas (Siphonaptera)
of Britain and Ireland
Fleas (Siphonaptera) are wingless insects that are
usually found in the nests, or on the bodies, of a wide
range of mammals and birds. Some 60 species of flea
occur in Britain although approximately 2,600 species
and subspecies have been described worldwide.
This atlas presents the results of the flea recording
scheme to the end of 2006. Bob George, a former RAF
pilot and schoolteacher, began collecting information
about British (and Irish) fleas in about 1950,
encouraged by the Hon. Miriam Rothschild and others.
His work was recognised as a national recording
scheme in 1964 by the Biological Records Centre
(BRC), and the first edition of a “Flea Atlas” was
published by BRC in 1974. Since then Bob has
identified hundreds of thousands more fleas. This new
Atlas includes distribution maps, species accounts,
details about flea hosts, and a range of other
Field Studies Council. ISBN 978-0-95576-723-4
Atlas of the Seed and Leaf Beetles of Britain and Ireland
Bruchids (seed beetles) and Chrysomelids (leaf beetles) are an important and fascinating group. There
are 15 species of Bruchids and 216 species of Chrysomelids in Britain and Ireland. This atlas maps their
distribution. For each species there is an account of habitat, world distribution, host plants and life cycle,
together with information on parasitoids, parasites and predators.
By way of introduction, the author gives a comprehensive overview of their classification and biology. There
are chapters on collecting adults, on studying larvae and pupae, on adult behaviour, and on feeding
ecology. Two chapters outline the beetles’ economic importance as pests (e.g. lily beetle, heather beetle,
rosemary beetle) and in biological control. Additional chapters discuss their scientific importance in
assessing environmental change and their value as subjects for conservation.
Mike Cox completed his doctoral study of the taxonomy and biology of Chrysomelids at the University of
Newcastle in 1976. Since that time he has published numerous papers on their biology and identification,
based at the Natural History Museum in London. He is Britain’s chief expert on the group, and here brings
his great learning to illuminate the distributional data collected by volunteer recorders.
Pisces Publications. ISBN 978-1-874357-35-3
Additional resources for researchers available.