Wild About Beds No. 166 (Spring 2013)
Wild About Beds (the newsletter of the BNHS) no. 166 is now available. The million-record map can also be viewed at high resolution HERE (3MBytes PNG).
Members will still receive a paper copy for their own archives, but these colour read-only versions are available to all online:
To avoid possible offence back issues have been taken offline as they contained links to the old BedsLife website which is now under new ownership and contains adult material. Hopefully these will be restored once the links from the PDFs can be removed. Back issues: No.165
During 2013 and 2014 we will be surveying Bedfordshire in preparation for publishing a book about the county's orchids in the autumn of 2014.
Read more about this exciting project on the Bedfordshire Orchid Group's blog, where you'll find that 86 orchids were recorded in the first two weeks of January, so it's not too early to get started!
The project will be launched on 30th January at the Mission Hall in Haynes, starting at 7:30pm - all welcome.
You can record orchids online HERE
Bedfordshire Naturalist 2011
The Society's journal, The Bedfordshire Naturalist 2011, published in two parts, has recently been distributed to members.
Part 1 covers species groups other than birds. Part 2 covers only birds.
Non-members may purchase copies for £10 each from Mary Sheridan or at a BNHS or Bird Club meeting.
1946-1998 Journals Online!
Copies of all Bedfordshire Naturalists for the period 1946 to 1998 are now available here online as searchable PDFs!
53 years worth of Bedfordshire wildlife history are available at the click of a mouse.
An amazing resource for education and research...!
Living Record is a new system for entering, viewing and downloading species records, adding to the range of recording methods at our disposal.
Although centrally developed for use all over England, Wales and Scotland, it has a local flavour to it. Here we present the BNHS-branded portal for Bedfordshire and Luton naturalists to use.
Keith Balmer has been experimenting with the system by entering his 2012 records, and has written some introductory notes HERE.
There is also an overview leaflet HERE.
To go straight to the login page click HERE.
BNHS Records Online
Map over 4300 species within 520,000 BNHS records on the NBN Gateway with our easy-to-use interface HERE.
Grab a Grid Reference
from aerial photos and Ordnance Survey maps, Search by postcode or placename. Verifying grid refs. Overlay VC30 and Beds boundaries.
Google Earth Overlays
We have a set of 1km squares, 10km squares, Bedfordshire boundary and VC30 layers for use in Google Earth.
Check to see when each butterfly species was first spotted in 2013...
Orchids can be reported online. Records will be sent to Graham Bellamy, Richard Revels and Chris Boon. Paper form also available HERE.
Hoverflies are beautiful and fascinating and there is something to be seen all year round. John O'Sullivan helps us to get started...
Our new Recorder for Bumbleebees, Colin Carpenter, introduces us to this group of familiar and interesting bees.
Chris Malumphy writes about this over-looked group of interesting insects that he has recorded in Bedfordshire. BJENH Paper added
Can you help to put lichens on the map...?
For the Record
The County Recorders will be glad to receive your records. If you are unsure how to record wildlife, this article may help you...
Grab one before it's too late...
Most copies of Steve Cham's book about the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Bedfordshire have now been distributed but a few are still available, at only £5 + P&P (originally £25).
To obtain your copy contact Peter Glenister
Copies are also available on most weekdays from the Wildlife Trust office in Priory Country Park Visitor Centre. Call 01234 364213 to reserve a copy and to check when someone will be there.