Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre

Introduction

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Most of us are now aware of the pressures placed on our wildlife by development in the modern world. Recently we have seen a proliferation of legislation, introduced by both the UK Government and the EU, designed to protect our biodiversity and safeguard our countryside. However, in order to implement this legislation, good quality biological information is needed in the form of:
  • The distribution of species and habitats
  • How common or rare a species or habitat is (their status)
  • Condition of habitats (usually determined by the species present)
These factors are dynamic and will change in the course over time and consequently require constant monitoring.

Over the last few decades, a network of local biological records centres have been developed across the country with the aim of collecting, collating, storing and disseminating biological information. This information is made available to local authorities and planners, industry, conservation organisations, academics, local naturalists and the general public. With the opening of the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) everyone in the County can now help to safeguard their local wildlife simply by contributing biological records.

What is a Biological Record?

Learn about the four W's that every record should have in order to maintain a National Scientific Standard

Every Record is Important!

Why is KMBRC interested in every species found in Kent from fungi to plants and from slugs to mammals?!

Send us Your Records!

We welcome records from members of the public. You can easily upload information on what you've seen in Kent using our online form (don't forget the four W's!)