Developing BRC

Current Activity

We work in partnership to help improve the quality of species recording in order to support local and national uses.  We provide a national capability to support and encourage biological recording for a wide range of plant and animal groups.  We apply innovative use of technology and science excellence to help national societies and recording schemes improve how data is collected, made available and used.  Together, we aim to record where species are distributed and understand how this is changing.

Key Outputs

Long-term support from BRC and others has helped establish over 80 recording schemes and societies; no other region across the globe has such a wide taxonomic breadth of recording activity.  The key outputs from biological recording are detailed throughout this booklet.  A key achievement has been the publication of atlases, data and other online resources which have enabled a wealth of subsequent uses to support conservation and research.

David Roy, current head of BRC

Picture of David Roy

Photo: Paul Fisher, UKCEH.

Senior and long-serving members of staff at BRC (1964-2010)

Person Period Role(s)
Franklyn Perring 1964-1978 Botany & Head of BRC
John Heath 1967-1978
Head of BRC
Diana Scott 1969-1979 Data manager
Mike Skelton 1970-1978 Zoological support
Henry Arnold 1972-2008 Scheme support & Data manager
Jane Croft 1978-2001 Botanical support
Dorothy Greene 1979-1989 Data manager
Paul Harding 1979-1982
Head of BRC
Val Burton 1982-2008 Data input & archives
Brian Eversham 1983-1997 Zoology
Mark Telfer 1997-2002 Zoology
Trevor James 2001-2008 Scheme development
Nick Greatorex-Davies 2002-2008 Butterfly Monitoring
Jon Cooper 2002-2008 Informatics
Gavin Broad 2003-2007 Zoology
Mark Hill 2003-2010 Head of BRC
Peter Brown 2005-2009 Scheme support

Current staff

Many CEH staff contribute towards the work of BRC; they are listed on our staff page

Future Challenges

It is a priority to maintain existing capacity for recording species across a broad range of taxonomic groups to provide the evidence needed to tackle ongoing environmental issues.  Partnership with expert naturalists helps this capacity to grow and adapt, increasing the value of biological recording for understanding environmental change.  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.