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News, Events & Volunteering Opportunities

News, Events & Volunteering Opportunities

BMERC - Bryophytes training

BMERC is very pleased to announce a second introductory training course on mosses and liverworts Bryophytes Training 1(bryophytes).  The first one we ran last year was over-subscribed.  Like the last course, this field training will be delivered by Sean O’Leary, our County Recorder. 

The purpose of this training is stimulate bryophyte recording in Buckinghamshire. 

It is aimed at beginners with a commitment to learn and an intent to begin bryophyte recording.  

It is not intended for those looking for a guided walk to look at mosses.

Those who simply want to know a bit more about bryophytes may be interested in BBOWT’s “Small is beautiful” moss walks led by expert Peter Creed, see http://www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on for more information.

There are six (6) places available, if you are interested, please email BMERC.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.     

Date:              Thursday 31st January 2019 (Back up date 7th February in the event of bad weather).   

Time:             10:00 – 13:00  (Meet at 9:45, for a prompt start at 10:00)

Location:      Bradenham National Trust (we will have access to areas not normally open to the public).. 

Full joining instructions will be provided nearer the time to those allocated a place.

BMERC would like to thank the National Trust for its cooperation and support to provide this training. 

BMERC Data Searches - New products and charges

New data search products are available and changed prices came into effect on Monday 12th November 2018.

What’s changed?

From Monday 12th November you will be able to order a fixed price data search package, cutting out the time waiting for a quote and sending back an acceptance.   The packages on offer are:

  • Standard 1km search, including sites, species and habitats              £105+VAT
  • Standard 2km search, including sites, species and habitats              £150+VAT
  • Optional addition of 5km bat records                                                   £30+VAT

All the above are on the standard 10 working day turnaround.  A priority search, with a 5 working day turnaround can also be ordered for a 50% price premium. 

Please note this now means that selecting and submitting a Standard Data Search will constitute a binding contract, i.e. you will be placing an order.  We commit to supply data we hold under the terms and conditions specified in the data search form document. 

Please ensure you have appropriate authorisation before submitting an order. 

If your company requires a purchase order, please ensure this is included otherwise delivery of the report may be delayed until this is supplied. 

Custom data searches will still be available as before if you have requirements which are not met by the standard packages, though we hope this will cover the vast majority of searches.  Our new rates for custom searches as follows:


Rates from

12th November 2018

Previous rates

Hourly rate



Daily rate




Please note that this is the first price increase since 1st April 2013.

What do I need to do?

You will need to use our new data search form for searches after 12th November.  This is available on our website, together with the further details on our charges.  Please visit our Data Searches webpage or download the updated Data Search form after 12th November.

Please let us know what you think when you have used the new service

We would love to hear what you think of the new service, and if you have any questions or feedback.  Please contact us at erc@buckscc.gov.uk



Buckinghamshire Recorders' Seminar 2019

The next Buckinghamshire Recorders' Seminar will take place on Saturday 11th May 2019.

More information and booking details will be published soon.

The Seminar is open to all those interested in recording in Buckinghamshire.  If you would like to receive information about this annual event in the future, please contact BMERC on 01296 382431 or erc@buckscc.gov.uk.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

 Seminar in progress

River Thame Conservation Trust - Birdwatchers required!

The River Thame Conservation Trust are looking to recruit experienced birdwatchers to help with two key projects they are running to understand and map the bird life using the River Thame and the broader catchment area.

The two surveys are run in conjunction with BTO. A monthly WeBS count and an Atlas style survey are both great ways to get to know new areas of the River Thame catchment and contribute valuable data to an exciting project.

There are also opportunities for mammal and amphibian surveying, as well as water quality monitoring. If you are interested please use the RTCT Contact US page. 

Go to www.riverthame.org for more information about the wider work of the River Thame Conservation Trust


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