Record Centre News

A Major Milestone

Marmalade Fly - Episyrphus balteatus - by André Karwath

We don’t often get the chance to shout about our achievements here at the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. The great rafts of biodiversity data we deal with on a day-to-day basis, although immensely interesting to us here in the office, don’t make for terribly thrilling public announcements.

But this is one of those rare occasions that gives us the very great pleasure of being able to announce something that is, perhaps, genuinely exciting to those who do not work in a record centre. Okay, perhaps that is wishful thinking, but it nevertheless excites us. It is the biodiversity data equivalent of the passing of the millennium, only without the fireworks, the parties, and the arguments about when the millennium actually is (the last one was on 1 January 2001, incidentally, not 1 January 2000 as most people were incorrectly informed).

So, it is with a great sense of pride that we announce this major milestone in the history is SxBRC:

We have reached two million records.

Here’s to the next two million and beyond. As always, profuse and sincere thanks are extended to the biological recorders of Sussex and beyond, without whom there would be no Record Centre. Thank you one and all.

The actual record that became our two millionth is that of a marmalade fly, Episyrphus balteatus, recorded by Gordon Jarvis at Peasmarsh church. It is a common species, especially in late summer, but can be found at any time of year. Often it comes across the Channel in some numbers.

The larvae feed on aphids and the species is therefore a good friend to gardener and farmer, and, of course, the Record Centre. The photograph above is by André Karwath. More pictures of the marmalade fly can be found on Wikimedia Commons.