Merseyside BioBank exists to collect, collate and quality assure information on the natural environment to better inform conservation and decision making for the benefit of Biodiversity in North Merseyside.


Species observations held


Information reports delivered


People sharing information


Local Wildlife Sites

Counts last updated: 21/10/2022

Explore Our Work & Access Information

Access Information

We provide access to species, habitat and other biodiversity information in the North Merseyside area. Services are free to many users. Find out more here!

Share Information

The majority of the information we hold has come from volunteers, naturalists and associated organisations. Shared to enable more informed and transparent conservation. Are you considering sharing information with us? Find out more here!


We support biodiversity related projects, wildlife recording and field and office based volunteering in our area. Find out what’s on and how you can get involved!

Validation & Verification

We feed data directly into the local development control process, strategic review and on to national and even international conservation and research as such we must have confidence in the data we supply. Review the process we use to improve confidence in data.

Data Holdings

The term biodiversity covers wide range of information on the natural environment and there are an enormous amount of unique sources for data covering species and habitat and the additional evidence this has been used to create. Explore what we hold.

Transparency & Governance

Merseyside BioBank is hosted by Sefton Council but operates across the Liverpool Combined Authority area (Liverpool City Region) and across a wide range of public, private and charitable interests. Find out more about how we’re managed here.

Latest News & Notes From The Field

BTO – New records chart remarkable lives

In July 1997, a Black Guillemot chick was ringed in Orkney. This bird successfully fledged from its nest and lived for nearly 25 years without being seen again. In May 2022, the bird was recaptured, still in Orkney, making it the oldest-known Black Guillemot in Britain and Ireland! This is one of the new records (see…

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Top conservationists and committed volunteers win prestigious awards

The outstanding contributions of five individuals and one organisation were celebrated at the British Trust for Ornithology’s annual awards ceremony last week. The event at London’s Mall Galleries brought together celebrated scientists, dedicated volunteers and BTO staff. It was co-hosted by the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) Natural Eye Exhibition. The 2023 Marsh Awards for…

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Dr Phil Smith- October Wildlife Notes

Great Willow Aphid Golden-faced Polietes Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar Hungarian Mullein Hybrid Stork’s-bill Speckled Bush-cricket I remember plenty of wet Octobers and this was another. Rachael Park’s records show we had 22 rain-days and a total of 143 mm of rainfall, which was 64% more than normal in Formby. Accordingly, the dune water-table rose by…

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FUNGUS MATTERS by Anthony Carter

Fungi do not appreciate very dry conditions so it was not until we had rain that they started to show interest. They do not like being drowned either so it was not until the very end of July that a few early ones started to show through. But they were not in good condition due…

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Dr Phil Smith’s Wildlife notes: September 2023

Hawthorn Shieldbug Large Spotty-eyed Dronefly Painted Lady SMall Copper Large Tiger Hoverfly Traveller’s Joy Clematis September was the joint warmest on record in the UK, being influenced by high pressure over Europe during the first half of the month. However, the Met Office map shows that most of the heat was in the south; we…

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