The Scottish biological recording community has come together over the past few years to review the flow of biodiversity data from recorder to end users.

This review looked at the collection, management and use of wildlife data to improve our knowledge of biodiversity. It recognised the need to improve coverage of records for hard-to-reach and under-recorded species across Scotland, and ensure that information is sufficiently up-to-date and accessible to inform action for people and wildlife.

Through this exercise, the recording community in Scotland have produced a blueprint towards transforming Scotland’s biological recording infrastructure – covering Scotland’s land, freshwaters and seas. It contains 24 recommendations that seek to resolve the long-standing issues around the flow of biodiversity records from those who collect them to all who may use them.

The Trust’s role

The Trust plays a number of roles in the flow of biodiversity data in Scotland. We collect data with our staff and volunteers and make these available for reuse, but we also use data collected from other organisations to support our policy and decision making.

It is critical for us that there is a robust infrastructure in place for both sharing and accessing biodiversity data. To support this project, we previously hosted the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum’s Development Officer to facilitate quicker uptake of the 24 recommendations. The SBIF Development Officer’s worked with stakeholders to advocate the recommendations of the SBIF Review and grow communication channels to increase support for this project.

Find out more

You can find more about this project on the NBN website and download a copy of the final report: A Review of the Biological Recording Infrastructure in Scotland.

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