Warwickshire Biological Records Centre (WBRC) contains information on species distribution and ecological sites in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull – for which it is the most comprehensive data bank of species and habitat records in the County. Sub-sets of information are held in Coventry, Solihull and Nuneaton.
We are organised into two inter-related databases: Records for sites (habitats) and records for species (flora and fauna).
Access to information is free for the public, students and amateur researchers, although a charge, based on hourly rates, is made for commercial users in line with our WBRC Access and Charging Policy (costs are from September 1st 2017, please contact us if you need a price for August 2017).
Please fill in our information request form.
We are open to enquirers by appointment during office hours from Monday-Friday. Most queries can be answered by post, if a personal visit is not possible.
Information about sites
The records for sites comprises of 1:25 000 maps showing the location of statutory and non-statutory designated sites.
Information is contained on approximately 2,400 sites (Ecosites) which include woods, meadows, marshes, rivers, disused railway lines and canals – places seen as of particular importance for nature conservation. Each site file contains information such as flora and fauna species lists and habitat descriptions.
There is also a series of 1:10,000 field-by-field land use maps (from 1976) for most parishes in Warwickshire.
Information about species
There is a county check list or provisional atlas for each group of plants and animals. The WBRC holds distribution data on some 15,000 individual species, including protected species. Surveying is ongoing and is carried out mainly on a voluntary basis by skilled amateur naturalists throughout the county.
A valid species record includes details of what (species name), where (location with grid reference), when (date as DD/MM/YYYY) and by whom (full name) each plant or animal has been recorded. Additional notes with each record are always useful to determine the status of the species in that particular area e.g. the habitat where the species recorded, the number of individuals etc.
If you are new to biological recording and would like to know more, or if you would like to share your wildlife sightings with us, please send us your records by submitting them on our species record submission form.
Or post them to the contact address.