While most of the work at Merseyside BioBank involves helping people to do wildlife recording and ensuring that information then gets imported and standardised as part of our information systems. We also like to try and visualise that information in ways that can help you as the recorder to see what is being achieved and also sometimes where the gaps are.
This page lists a series of interactive maps based on the records you have provided to us. They have been designed in diferent ways and for a variety of purposes! If you like (or don't like) them then let us know how we can do it better. If you think there is something you want to see on an interactive map again please get in touch. Many of these can be created fairly quickly so please let us know what you want.
Remember all our species data can be seen on the NBN Gatway for non-commercial use at 2km resolution. If you have a log in you can also apply for 'improved access', to get full record resolution via the NBN Gateway free of charge.
Vascular Plant Diversity - Monad: This map shows all the records we hold of vascular plants in North Merseyside by 1km square 'monad'. Each monad has a number which states the number of species in that square. The darker the colour the more species. Can you track down the most biodiverse 1km square in North Merseyside!?
Lichen Diversity - Monad: This map shows all of the records we hold of Lichen species for North Merseyside by 1km square 'monad'. Each monad has a number which states how many species have been recorded in that square. The darker the colour the more species. Note how many gaps there are! A sure sign of under-recording, are their really no lichens in Birkdale!?
Aculeate Diversity - Monad: This map shows all of the records we hold of Lichen species for North Merseyside by 1km square 'monad'. Each monad has a number which states how many species have been recorded in that square. The darker the colour the more species. This is perhaps the most surprising of these monad maps as 'Aculeates' are Bees! With all the bee hype it is surprising that so few records are coming through..
Local Wildlife Sites: Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) have no legal protection but they exist to recognise the most important places for local wildlife. Unlike Local and National Nature Reserves which are designated for people and often to an extent for wildlife. Take a look at this map to find your local wildlife site.
LCR Ecological Network: The Liverpool City Region Ecological Network is based in biodiversity information from across the region. Including species information as well as detailed and priority habitats, Local Wildlife Sites and other features. It brings this information together to highlight areas for investment in local biodiversity 'Nature Improvement Areas' and highlights the features that should be considered at the core of future City Region development.