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Highland Biological Recording Group

Summary

A voluntary group based in Inverness and covering biological recording throughout the Highland Council area. See our website for current projects.

Contact details

Murdo Macdonald (Taxon database manager)
records@hbrg.org.uk

'Tigh nam Beithe' Strathpeffer Ross & Cromarty.

www.hbrg.org.uk

Datasets Highland Biological Recording Group has provided

Species datasets

TitleDescription
HBRG Badger DatasetAll records of Badger available to HBRG including all those previously held on the database at IMAG. Assembly and mobilisation of this dataset has been funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage since 2004, and by members of the Highland Biodiversity Partnership from 2011. Requests for full access to OSGRs is to be referred to the dataset administrator for approval on 'need to know' basis.
HBRG Cotula alpina DatasetRecords of Cotula alpina to inform management of this invasive alien in W Ross. Literature records from Yorkshire are included (Robinson, L. http://www.bsbi.org.uk/Cotula_alpina_in_VC65.pdf).
HBRG Fungus, Lichen & Lower Plants DatasetAll records of fungi, lichens, algae and bryophytes available to HBRG, including all those previously held on the database at IMAG. Assembly and mobilisation of this dataset has been funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage since 2004, and by members of the Highland Biodiversity Partnership from 2011.
HBRG Highland Seashore Project DatasetRecords derived from the Highland Seashore Project, which began in 2013 though one pilot survey pre-dates the official project. The project is managed by The Highland Council - see http://www.highlandbiodiversity.com/seashore.asp.
HBRG Insects Datasetll records of insects (strictly Hexapoda, including Entognatha) available to HBRG at August 2015, including all those previously held on the database at IMAG. Assembly and mobilisation of this dataset has been funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage since 2004, and by members of the Highland Biodiversity Partnership from 2011.
HBRG Other invertebrates DatasetAll records of invertebrates apart from insects available to HBRG including all those previously held on the database at IMAG. Assembly and mobilisation of this dataset has been funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage since 2004, and by members of the Highland Biodiversity Partnership from 2011.
HBRG P.F. Entwistle Insects DatasetRecords extracted from the collection and notes of the late Philip Entwistle. The work was carried out by Stephen Moran with the assistance of Hayley Wiswell and Murdo Macdonald, and was funded by SNH, BRISC and the John Spedan Lewis Trust. Most taxa are insects, but a small number of others, especially gall-causers, are included.
HBRG Vertebrates (not Badger) DatasetAll records of vertebrates (apart from birds, which we do not store routinely, and Badger) available to HBRG including all those previously held on the database at IMAG. Assembly and mobilisation of this dataset has been funded by grants from Scottish Natural Heritage since 2004, and by members of the Highland Biodiversity Partnership from 2011. For bird records, consult RSPB/BTO/SOC.

Datasets Highland Biological Recording Group has contributed to

Species datasets

TitleDescription
Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording SocietyThis is the full dataset from the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (as of March 2014)
Great Yellow Bumblebee sightings data in the UK, 1990 onwardsThe Great Yellow Bumblebee is the most severely threatened bumblebee in the UK having undergone a massive range contraction during the 20th century. Having formerly been a widespread, if somewhat scarce species, it now has a severely limited distribution on the mainland (Caithness & Sutherland only), with further colonies in the Western Isles, Coll, Tiree and Orkney.
This dataset aims to collate all recent Great Yellow Bumblebee records into a single location, simplifying analysis and dissemination of these data, especially for informing conservation activities and agri-environment support applications. Records are given at 100m resolution where possible.
Records for the dataset have come from the Highland Biological Recording Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the RSPB's reserves' monitoring program, Bill Neill, John Crossley and Mike Edwards.