ABReC is the Biological Records Centre for vice-county 98, Main Argyll, and records, collates and provides data for the region. We also accept records from other parts of Argyll that have no records centre of their own.
From 2012-2018 the records centre existed under the name of our partner organisation, Lorn Natural History Group. From 2015-2018 the records centre received financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage. We believe in the publicly-funded open-data model supported by SNH and recommended for all records centres by the recent SBIF Review.
Records are placed on the NBN Atlas (sensitive records have their data blurred) and made available to scientific researchers, environmental consultants, taxonomic recording schemes, ecology students and many other users. Our records help inform land management and site protection.
In conjuction with LNHG we organise field trips and training days. We are always happy to meet, or hear from, anyone interested in recording in Argyll. Experts and beginners alike are equally welcome.
Some species of the greatest conservation importance in Argyll – such as the Marsh Fritillary butterfly or Hazel Gloves fungus – are very easy to recognise. Even records of the commonest species help put dots on distribution maps and provide valuable information about trends caused by climate change or other factors.