Boundaries of the Watsonian Vice-counties for the British Isles
The Watsonian Vice-counties were the boundaries by which biological records were
originally kept. Because county boundaries are constantly changing for political
and administrative purposes, it was decided that to keep the continuity, Vice-counties
would always be used for biological recording.
VC 38 WARWICKSHIRE
The inset picture (Right) is the Vice-county of Warwickshire or VC 38, this is divided
into a 10km square grid with the reference numbers given for each square. These squares
are further broken down to give a more accurate grid reference. With modern technology
like GPS, a 10 figure grid reference is achievable and accurate to within a metre
or so. Warwickshires biological records are kept by the WBRC Warwickshire Biological
Recording Centre at the County Records Office in Warwick.
Recording wildlife can be a rewarding and fascinating pass time of great value locally,
nationally and even internationally. Population trends of protected and notable species.
Habitats, their quality, creation and loss. Migration, the distribution of new species
and extinctions are monitored more and more by an army of enthusiastic amateur naturalists,
joined by their passion to insure a future for all of our native wildlife.
Anyone can have a go at recording, from keeping records of birds that visit the garden
to going out into the countryside and recording wildflowers, insects or any particular
area of interest. The SVWAG has compatible software to transfer records to the WBRC
and our members have a sound collective knowledge of local Flora & Fauna.