The Orkney Wildlife Information and Records Centre (formerly know as the Orkney Biodiversity Records Centre) is located at the Orkney Library and Archive on Kirkwall’s Junction Road. Established in 1999, the Centre forms a central location for the collection and dissemination of information relating to the natural heritage of the Orkney Islands. This information primarily takes the form of species records recorded over many years, both by voluntary recorders and by other organisations with an interest in the natural environment of Orkney. The OWIRC also holds some habitat information.
The species records are stored on a database, and the habitat information is stored on a Geographic Information System which then can be used by planners or consultants to investigate the possible presence of certain habitats and any potential environmental conflicts in areas identified for development.
The Centre is also widely used by students and naturalists and promotes study of the natural environment by organising courses which are open to professionals and members of the public alike. An extensive library of natural history reference books is available at the Centre, as is a range of sampling equipment which may be loaned out to assist with sampling and recording projects.
In the future it is anticipated that the Records Centre will develop further to increase the range of environmental information it can provide.
For further information on the information and services which are available at the OWIRC, contact:
Sydney Gauld, Orkney Library and Archive, 44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG.
You may also wish to look at OWIRC section of the Orkney Library and Archive website, which is available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.