The BRC is supported by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), a not-for-profit research institute which recieves support from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) National Capability funding. The work of BRC is a major component of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
News from the Biological Records Centre
The UK has a long history of volunteer involvement in environmental monitoring, but we know that the diversity of citizen science, or community science, volunteers is not reflective of the wider population. What is the impact of this for society and for monitoring data, and how can we…
A practical guide provides advice for citizen scientists on monitoring pollinators in their local area, to encourage more people to provide much-needed data on how our insects are faring.
We know that many pollinators of wildflowers, including species of wild bees, hoverflies and moths,…
Around one in six species are at risk of becoming extinct in the UK, according to the most comprehensive study yet of our national wildlife. The …
What we do
Working in partnership with more than 80 recording schemes and societies, BRC provides a national capability to support and encourage biological recording for a wide range of plant and animal groups, improving how data is collected, made available and used.
BRC helps the recording community to publish atlases, data and other online resources to provide essential information which informs research, policy and the conservation of our heritage of wildlife. As part of this work we provide website hosting and development support.
We apply innovative use of technology and science excellence to help harness the enthusiasm and knowledge of naturalists, and enable them to collate and analyse their records.
Many CEH staff contribute towards the work of BRC; they are listed on our staff page.
Why we do it
The historical legacy of biological recording in Britain and Ireland is unique and inspiring. Many naturalists are committed to studying our flora and fauna, and BRC’s work helps to ensure that we make the most of their observations. The vast datasets built up through the expertise and commitment of the volunteer recording community enables a range of ecological questions to be addressed.
The value of recording data is enhanced through innovative use of technology and analytical methods, plus integration with other data sources on the ecology of species and the physical environment.
Distribution trends derived from the large-scale and long-term datasets provide evidence for many purposes, particularly in relation to understanding impacts of climate and habitat change, to informing policy to reduce negative impacts.