Topic: NBN Website: Find a survey or scheme
I'm looking for details of Recording Schemes.
If you happen across the Find a survey or scheme section (under "Useful websites") of the NBN Website at https://nbn.org.uk/tools-and-resources/ … g-schemes/ rather than the more likely route of being directed to the BRC site (under Tools and Resources - Useful Information), you are told
This database allows you to search for surveys you already know about or to search by species name to see if a recording scheme or survey exists.
That seems straightforward enough.
Try to see if the "Hoverfly Recording Scheme" exists: no. With luck and the right choice of phrase you might end up finding Dipterists Forum.
So contrary to the opening statement on the page it's not telling us whether or not a recording scheme exists.
We must conclude that this is just a page for a variety of initiatives to "advertise". Actual Recording Schemes are unlikely to do so unless they are informed about this database or can be bothered to complete it. It suffers from the same problems of the similar "inventory" of Natural History Societies by the NHM. Partially completed inventories like this do a disservice to such societies and schemes.
The BRC list is much better but might I point out that the Soldierflies scheme run by Martin Harvey has had its own website developed by BRC at http://www.brc.ac.uk/soldierflies-and-allies/home but look at the entry at http://www.brc.ac.uk/scheme/soldierflie … ing-scheme and that link isn't mentioned. So BRC don't maintain this list fully either.
NBNt must be maintaining a list of Recording Schemes somewhere - so where is it?