Species

Great crested newt
Great crested newt, Andy Glencross

Our database includes over 1.7 million species records of which about 300,000 are protected and notable species.

We collect wildlife sightings from a wide variety of groups and individuals. All species records received by TVERC are stored, filed processed, validated and verified in order to make them suitable to be entered into the TVERC Recorder 6 database.

About 80% of our species records are from the last 30 years, and 12% from the last 5 years.

What are protected & notable species?

Some species of wildlife are protected by UK and also sometimes European legislation because of their rarity or historical persecution. These species are called ‘protected species’. Species with conservation designations, but no legal protection are called 'notable species'. Further information on protected species and the planning system is available from the Natural England website.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the public body that advises the Government on nature conservation. The JNCC has produced a list of UK species and their conservation designations.  TVERC uses the JNCC list to report species designations (both protected and notable). Their website also gives some historical background to the creation of the list and information about how it is updated.

Protected and Notable species in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Our database includes 155,000 records in Oxfordshire and 35,000 records in Berkshire of legally protected and notable species. These records comprise of 82 different protected species plus 1,359 notable species in Oxfordshire and 73 protected species and 751 notable species in Berkshire (post 1975).

The reason for the difference in the number of records for each county is due to the big difference in recording activity in the two counties. The higher number of notable species in Oxfordshire is due to the large amount of recording of less popular insect taxa such as bugs, beetles, flies and hymenoptera.

More detail on these records is available by downloading this Excel spreadsheet which lists all the protected and notable species recorded in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.