North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC)

NESBReC is North East Scotland Biological Records Centre. Founded in 2000, NESBReC is based in Aberdeen and covers the administrative areas of Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Moray and the Cairngorms National Park.

What does NESBReC do?

NESBReC maintains a database of biodiversity information and makes these data available to partners, decision makers, education and conservation bodies and the wider community.

NESBReC promotes, encourages and co-ordinates biological recording across North East Scotland, providing support and guidance for biological recorders and arranging training

What records does NESBReC hold?

NESBReC holds over 1.5 million individual species records. These records can be of any type of wildlife, from a common mammal or bird to a rare lichen or fungus. NESBReC shares records with national recording schemes and the NBN Atlas which is a UK database for biodiversity.

Sending in records to NESBReC

NESBReC welcomes receiving sightings from members of the public.  The sightings simply need to be from the North East of Scotland and should be of species that the recorder can confidently identify. Every record is important. While rare species may be more interesting to find and report, it is very important to record common species too since they may well be under-recorded.

All records that are submitted help to build up a more comprehensive understanding of our local biodiversity and can help ensure that decisions that may affect habitat and species in the North East of Scotland are made with the best available knowledge.

A Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) resting on a Clustered Bellflower at St Cyrus NNR ©Lorne Gill/SNH

A Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) resting on a Clustered Bellflower at St Cyrus NNR ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot

You can submit records in several ways. You can send a simple email to NESBReC ( with the required four pieces of information.  You can use the online form on the NESBReC website.

However, if you collate a lot of records the best way to submit them is on an Excel spreadsheet – try logging your records as you see them on a spreadsheet and send it to NESBReC every few months or even annually.  An Excel template can be downloaded from their website.

NESBReC can also help you identify the wildlife around you. You can send in any photos for identification – you never know what you might find!

For further details contact:

NESBReC, Specialist Services Team, Infrastructure Services, Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB

Tel: 01467 537221

Picture of a group of people standing in a forest at Crathes at a NESBReC events.

NESBReC Event at Crathes

Participants can feel a greater sense of connectivity with their environment and can also learn more about the range of wildlife that shares the same space

Glenn Roberts

NESBReC Co-Ordinator