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Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service - Press Release

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On the 1st April 2016 SBRC changed its name to Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS). This marks the incorporation of Biodiversity advice into the range of services we offer. The new name also emphasises service provision rather than the ‘dusty cupboard’ impression given by ‘Centre’. SBIS will continue to collect, collate and manage information on the natural environment and to share that information with people in Suffolk who need it for decision making, conservation and education.

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Yellowhammers and conservation on farmland

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's summary of their paper on how yellowhammers use conservation management areas on farmland. Key points; Yellowhammers prefer to select territories with access to field margins that are enhanced with flowers and legumes; The presence of song posts and cut hedges is also preferred, but woodland is avoided; Chick-food insects were more numerous in grass margins and enhanced margins than the other habitat types; As enhanced margins contain higher plant diversity, they may support chick food species for longer periods of the year than other habitats.

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National Bat Monitoring report available

NBMP Annual Report – latest species population trends now available. In May the Bat Conservation Trust published the NBMP Annual Report presenting species population trends up to 2016. In 2016, 960 volunteers surveyed 1,984 sites (equating to approximately 17,700 hours). It is thanks to these volunteers and the many volunteers who have taken part in previous years that BCT are able to present these findings for 11 of Great Britain's 17 resident bat species.

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