This year, West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC) is celebrating 10 years as an operational Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC). In that time, the species database has grown to just over 2 million records and we have carried out over one thousand data enquiries. Project work has ranged from data mobilisation to more complex GIS modelling and our support for the recording community ranges from an annual recorders forum to recording days and training opportunities.
We are indebted to the regional network of volunteer recorders who share their species records with us, and in particular, the efforts of County recorders whose dedication and attention to detail underpins everything we do. Similarly, we wouldn’t be here without the support of partner organisations and we would like to thank our funding partners for their continued support. These and many other people have contributed to the success of WWBIC, our dedicated staff past and present, our volunteers, and our Directors. We are grateful to everyone that has given and continues to give their time in whatever capacity.
During this time WWBIC has worked closely with the other three LERCs in Wales and together we share data on a merged database of around 9 million records, something unique in the UK. The data can be accessed by the public and our partners through another joint development, an online platform, Aderyn, which offers tailored ways of searching our data, yet another first for the UK. We look forward to supporting the recording community of West Wales over the next 10 years and will continue to look for innovative ways to ensure decision makers get the best possible value from our biodiversity data holdings.
On Saturday 4th of March we will be holding our 10th Anniversary Recorders Forum. Come and join us for a series of interesting talks and displays and chat with like-minded folk over a complimentary lunch.