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It takes a team to create a report

…h as with the new GiGL habitat database. One of the applications that we rely heavily on is Recorder 6. It is designed for entering, collating and exchanging records of species observations, and it is used by many individual recorders, local and national schemes and societies, and Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) like GiGL. For many years the development and support for Recorder 6 was provided by the Recorder 6 Consortium who were funde…

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Greenspace and Mental Wellbeing

…working near greenspaces can help us relax or feel happier, but surprisingly, there has been relatively little research into where greenspaces are most effective for mental wellbeing; most studies to date have been restricted to local areas rather than down to the individual level, or have focused on the measurement of mental ill health. But mental wellbeing is more than just an absence of distress. Mental wellbeing reflects a state of positive m…

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News – Issue 3

…L’s own systems. This will involve cataloguing existing datasets, prioritising them and then undertaking the data entry work on both Recorder and MapInfo GIS. It’s a really exciting contract for GiGL which will significantly increase the data available to our partners and customers….

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Knowles Knows: What is a Data Use Licence?

…sure that their data is only used for certain purposes, e.g. non-commercially; or simply wish to be able to trace data use. Mapped boundaries for sites and habitats are often based on Ordnance Survey maps, so we need to comply with OS’s own data use licence. For local designated sites (SINCs), the data belongs to the Local Authorities that designate them (as well as often being OS-based), and some Local Authorities prefer to know who holds this in…

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LISI Update

…the emerging EU legislation changes regarding invasive species. Unfortunately, we recently learned that this bid was unsuccessful and Karen has had to leave us for pastures new whilst the wider LISI business group consider our next steps. We would like to thank Karen for her hard work and dedication during her time with us and to wish her all the very best for her future. LISI will be reconvening next summer once the relevant EU legislation has em…

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Where are our wastelands?

…ble on London Biodiversity Partnership and London Wildlife Trust websites. www.lbp.org.uk, www.wildlondon.org.uk All of a buzz across London With the value of wasteland sites for red data book and nationally scarce invertebrates in mind, Buglife have extended their recent ‘All of a Buzz in the Thames Gateway’ project, identifying and surveying wasteland sites in the area, across the rest of the London boroughs. They are in the process of identifyi…

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LERCs: it’s not always about data

…u could help us input). There are also links to enjoyable webcams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtlCjc1D4Qo Dyfi Osprey Project Webcam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0wBteCCyYQ WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre Feeding Station Webcam Other LERCs, such as Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS), participate in European projects which promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, tools and approaches between partners. For example, the BID-REX pr…

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The Devil’s in the Detail

…GL’s habitat dataset identifies surveyed areas of chalk grassland. The BAP Habitat Condition and Suitability dataset estimates the condition of BAP habitats, including chalk grassland, and predicts locations for potential habitat restoration or creation, according to underlying soils and relic habitat. The GiGL species records dataset includes observations of chalk grassland species observed in London, including over 700 records of Devil’s-bit sca…

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Interview, Benjamin Town

…found out that they’ve had a record low amount of retuning puffins where only eight actually showed up. This led me to thinking up, planning and conducting a whole new research project on the wing. I think this experience significantly improved my problem solving skills and allowed me to think quicker and with more confidence than I had before. I use these skills almost every day at GiGL, helping people plan and perform projects and overcome any o…

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