News from the Biological Records Centre
The Darwin Tree of Life is a large collaboration between 10 different Universities and research institutes. The goal of DToL is to determine the complete genome (DNA) sequence of every species in the UK. It is only 20…
02 November 2022
The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) was established in 2017-18, and during its first four years PoMS participants generated 3,355 Flower-Insect Timed Counts…
19 May 2022
The use of iRecord and the various linked recording systems continued to grow through 2020 and 2021. Over 2 million records per year are now coming in to the data warehouse that sits behind iRecord, from almost 20,000 registered active user accounts per year on iRecord, plus the large number of…
19 May 2022
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.