The Distribution Database
The BSBI now operates a Distribution Database as a central store for all our records of plants and charophytes. It contains some 15 million biological records (November 2010) and is expected to grow to twice that size in the next year or two. It is updated frequently from our network of Mapmate recorders and from other sources such as herbarium digitization projects.
The database gives all records in full detail and is fully editable by users. Because this is research level, live, data it is not appropriate for the general public or for consultancies. Filtered, interpreted data can be obtained from your local records centre, the NBN Gateway and other public sources.
BSBI county recorders, referees and other approved users are given password to access the database. If you think you have a legitimate reason to access it, please contact Kevin Walker or Alex Lockton.
>> Go to the Big Database
Visit the BSBI’s taxonomy database, which gives plant names and their synonyms, chromosome numbers and details of much literature relating to british plants.
>> Go to the ‘Leicester’ Database
The system of counties and vice counties was devised in the 1870s to create 113 units of roughly equal size covering the whole of Britain (the process was later repeated in Ireland). The boundaries of the vice counties do not change with political reorganisation so have remained the same ever since. Click on the link below for a handy web page showing the vice counties.
>> vice county boundaries (Britain only)