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Sussex biological recording news


Seasons greetings! We hope you're all enjoying the festive season and are ready for a spot of winter recording, whatever the weather has in store.

We have a bumper announcement edition for you in this December newsletter. So much so, in fact, that we haven't enough space to tell you that SxBRC now holds over 9 MILLION SPECIES RECORDS!

We'd like to say a big thank you to all our verifiers, recording scheme co-ordinators and data managers, and everyone that shares their data with us. We really appreciate everything you do.  
 
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022,

- The SxBRC Team 

If you have any news or information you'd like us to highlight in the next newsletter, please get in touch via loismayhew@sussexwt.org.uk 

A change of plan!
 

We were really hoping to hold a Sussex Biological Recorders' Seminar as normal in February 2022, but we couldn't find a way to make the event feel covid-safe and still provide the same experience to everyone, whether in-person or online. So we have made the decision that the February 2022 seminar will not be going ahead

But don't despair! Through the end of January to March we'll be holding a series of Adastra-style online talks via Zoom that we hope you'll join us for. We're still ironing out the details, but forthcoming talks will include The Guermonprez collection at Portsmouth Museum, an introduction to Craneflies, and DNA and Field Mycology. All talks will be free to attend. 

Our first talk is by Graeme Lyons, independent ecologist and prolific pan-species recorder for Sussex (and beyond!),  about his experiences carrying out farmland surveys and the incredible biodiversity that can be found there. Join us on Thursday 27th January at 7.30pm by signing up for the talk on Zoom, and stay tuned for a full schedule in January!


Image credit: Graeme Lyons

Save the date (again!)


But wait... We're not done!

We're hopeful that conditions this summer will allow us to hold an informal recording event and a catch-up, so please save the date Saturday 2nd July 2022  for a coffee (and cake) and some recording at Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath and the nearby Scrase Valley Local Nature Reserve. The event will be free to attend.

More details will be announced in 2022.
 
Image credit: Dan Watkins

 Sussex Kelp Recording Scheme is live!


As part of the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project, Sussex Wildlife Trust has launched a Sussex Kelp Recording Scheme. As well as diving records, you can also add strandline sightings of Kelp if you're taking a walk on the beach.  

The Living Seas team has put together a youtube video on identifying different Kelp species, and a follow up on how to submit data and you can register for the recording scheme by filling in the online form here


Image credit: Dan Smale
BuffBuff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris on Erica carnea

December species of the month: Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris


Thanks to SxBRC's Data Officer Becky Walton for this month's species of the month, the Buff-tailed Bumblebee which can be seen in gardens through the colder months visiting flowering plants. 

Image credit: Becky Walton

Tony Davis wins BTO Bernard Tucker Award


SxBRC would like to congratulate Tony Davis on winning the Bernard Tucker Medal for outstanding service to the BTO, for his contributions to the BTO Nest Recording Scheme and his work tracking long distance migrants including Cuckoo and Wood Warbler. Despite being labelled as 'Hampshire's' by the BTO on twitter, Tony is also a migratory species and very much Sussex's as well! Congratulations Tony! 
 
Image credit: BTO/Tony Davis
The cover of Adastra 2020 featuring an image of Caprella scaura sensu, a Skeleton Shrimp

Pre-order Adastra 2021


As with last year, we have made the Adastra publication available to pre-order online ahead of publication at the end of February 2022. You will be able to access a pdf version free of charge on our website, and copies will be available to pick up at the event in July, but if you'd like a paper copy posted to you it is available from the Sussex Wildlife Trust shop for a contribution of £4 towards the cost of printing and postage.

You can read previous editions, including the 2020 edition, on the SxBRC website.

 
Biological Recording Events, Resources and News
 
Sussex Ornithological Society are in need of a surveyor for the important site of Weavers Down SU8130 in the Wealden Heaths - if you are interested please get in touch with Alan Perry 

Read about Sue Rubinstein's recent bryophyte trip to Bexhill 

BSBI's 11th annual New Year Plant Hunt is taking place between 1st - 4th January 2022. Leif Bersweden has a great youtube video explaining how to get involved if you've never joined in before. 

Do you manage a green space in the High Weald?  Join the High Weald AONB Partnership for a morning of inspiration and ideas for environment improvement projects that could be funded by the Sussex Lund grant programme in 2022,  on 3rd February 2022 in Lamberhurst. Details and booking on EventBrite

 
Free tree guides for Bexhill-on-sea and Brighton and Hove residents - The Field Studies Council has free guides to share thanks to a project led by Trees for Cities to increase tree cover in smaller coastal cities and towns. Those in applicable areas can sign up to receive three tree guides throughout the year. 

Community Resources

SxBRC believes that biological recording is an activity that should be accessible to everyone. We recognise that the biological recording community does not reflect the diversity that exists within the communities of Sussex, particularly in relation to representation from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. We are sharing resources that we’ve found thought-provoking and useful, in terms of understanding why diversity matters and what we can do to make the community we’re a part of more inclusive.

This BBC Arts & Ideas podcast 'New Thinking: The Botanical Past' (44.07, available from BBC Sounds) discusses the history of Horticulture in Britain and it's links to colonialism, exoticism and the marginalisation of indigenous people in history, and how curators and academics are redefining how Britain represents its botanical past.

 
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