SBIF Review of the Biological Recording Infrastructure in Scotland

Welcome to the SBIF Review Questionnaire

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Dear Questionnaire Participant
Many people are involved in the collection or use of biological records - together we are a vital network with a shared desire to understand, enjoy and protect the biodiversity around us.  We are needed more than ever as pressures on the environment are growing and biological records are essential for monitoring species and habitat change, informing planning and conservation decision making and bringing people closer to the natural world.  Yet the complexity of our biological recording communities and infrastructure for collecting and sharing biological records, along with the difficulties of securing long term funding, may mean that we are less effective collectively than we could be.  

Through this questionnaire we are aiming to understand how our network is working and where there are opportunities to strengthen it further, both locally and nationally.  Your responses will help us to identify and bring about the improvements we need to achieve our vision:

"High quality species and habitat data will be collected and managed through a sustainable, co-ordinated and integrated local and national framework of organisations, partnerships and initiatives.  These data will be available to ensure that Scotland’s biodiversity, ecosystems and people benefit."

Please tell us how you are involved in collecting, managing or using biological records, what problems you have and your ideas for improvements.  Although our primary remit is for Scotland, we are interested in hearing from people from across the UK as the issues and improvements needed could be common to us all.  If sufficient responses are received from beyond Scotland, we will summarise our findings by country.  The results of the questionnaire will be published in due course on the SBIF pages of the NBN website.

Thank you for taking part – your input is greatly appreciated.

Ellen Wilson (SBIF Chair)

Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum

For more details about SBIF and the SBIF Review
please visit the
SBIF pages on the NBN website.