Local Studies


A comprehensive illustrated guide to local wildlife is in preparation. It will require the accumulation of accounts and illustrations of numerous creatures. Thousands of species will be involved, especially plants and invertebrates, so it will be some time before all groups are covered. To speed up the process a facility has been developed for members of the public to Add Sightings of wildlife and plants or submit photographs for identification. A list of Recent Sightings is also available and a series of identification workshops is organised by the Bath Wildlife group.

At the end of each year, the sightings will be added to a permanent database of wildlife records. The database is very much a 'work-in-progress' at the moment but is available for anyone keen to find out more about local wildlife. Each species, or group of species, is listed but may not be illustrated. Click to select one and you will get a list at the next taxonomic level down. You can also switch to list or search for records but, adding records takes time so, at the moment most records are the result of a few recent surveys by Bath Natural History Society and the Bath RSPB Swift Group plus, of course, all the Recent Sightings recorded by yourselves.

This project is a collaboration between BRLSI, who are hosting it on their website, and Bath Natural History Society, who will provide most of the information and illustrations. Once a year all the new records will be passed on to the appropriate Biological Record Centres at Bristol and Devizes and in return they will provide any new records they have received.


Geography and History

The Institution's Library and Archives contain a variety of books, illustrations, maps and plans relating to local history and geography. An illustrated guide to the Bath area and the historic counties of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire is in preparation. It will include maps and plans showing how the area has changed over time, and prints and drawings of historic buildings and landmarks. Also featured will be brief biographies of influential people and organisations. Features will be introduced in stages but in the meantime a summary of the scope of the Library and Archives is available.