2015: Attempts are being made to fill recoding gaps

  • Efforts are focussing on generating more records of both grass and aquatic species


Armeria maritima (L.Lysaght)2014: Recording gaps were identified

  • The vascular plant database held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre exceeded the 1 million species mark.
  • All plant data post 2000 held by the Data Centre was analysed and used it to identify recording gaps. On the basis of these gaps we have identified a Plant-recording-strategy-2014-2016_Data-Centre. This strategy outlines the areas, habitats, and species we will focus on for the period 2014-2016.
  • More than 15,000 records were submitted on-line.


Asplenium_trichomanes_llysaght2013: 471,440 vascular plant records were added to the database

  • More than 12,000 records were submitted on-line.
  • A flora of Cavan was added to Biodiversity Maps: 34,493 records. The National Botanic Gardens made all BSBI cards from Cavan (owned by Paddy Reilly) available for digitisation during 2012.
  • Through a project funded under the Conservation of Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme (Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine) 22,443 new vascular plant records were made, including 5,422 of Crop Wild Relative species.
  • All data has been extracted from the National Vegetation Database and converted into species records. These have been validated and added to Biodiversity Maps: 387,504 records.
  • Data has been collated and digitised from various discrete surveys  e.g., rare plant surveys, ecological surveys, academic studies: 15,000 records.


Trifolium_pratense_llysaght2012: Validation processes were developed

  • Large amounts of time were devoted to getting good validation processes in place so that collated data can be processed efficiently.
  • A block of BSBI record cards for County Donegal were digitised for the county recorder: ~12,000 records
  • Work continued on the digitisation of the Flora of Cavan
  • All Heritage Officers and Biodiversity Officers were contacted about surveys at local levels that have involved the collection of vascular plant data.  Where possible these data were captured as were any suitable sources of data from large academic projects (e.g. BIOFOREST).
  • Work was started to extract data from the National Vegetation Database and convert it into species records. This is a large volume of data that required extensive validation.
  • The online system for submitting plant data was developed. From June-December 2012 more than 11,000 records were submitted.

Gentina verna, Co. Clare(L. Lysaght)2011: Database was in establishment phase

By the end of 2011 there were a  total of 643,203 vascular plant records submitted to the Data Centre, and displayed through Biodiversity Maps.

We have focused on collating data that is available at the tetrad resolution or lower (see pie chart for a breakdown of records in 2011 by resolution).  Data comes from 4 primary sources:

  1. BSBI tetrad database: 374,842 records
  2. County floras contributed directly by BSBI county recorders: 205,117 records
  3. National databases and surveys: 7,571 records
  4. Significant personal data sets contributed to the Data Centre: 55,673 records



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