Welcome

The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964, is a national focus in the UK for terrestrial and freshwater species recording. BRC works closely with the voluntary recording community, principally through support of national recording schemes and societies.

See our booklet reviewing the first 50 years of BRC.

BRC is supported by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology within the Natural Environment Research Council.

The work of BRC is a major component of the National Biodiversity Network.

What we do


Together with more than 80 recording schemes and societies, BRC supports biological recording for a wide range of plant and animal groups.

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.

Innovative use of technology helps to harness the enthusiasm and knowledge of naturalists and enable them to collate and analyse their records.

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.

Distribution trends derived from the large-scale and long-term datasets provide evidence for many purposes, particularly in relation to understanding  environmental change.