Manx National Heritage (MNH)

Despite lacking permanent full-time staff for biological records management, MNH has accumulated more than 34,800 records in its Recorder6 database, though there remains a data inputting backlog. Other information received as reports, surveys or published papers is available for reference in the MNH Library and Archive at the Manx Museum in Douglas. Many historical records of the Island's fauna and flora are supported by specimens in the natural history collections at the Manx Museum, though to date only a proportion of the data is captured in the collections database.

In recent times, MNH has worked in partnership with DEFA and Manx Wildlife Trust to develop a biological records centre on a more modern footing. The establishment of the Manx Biological Recording Partnership (MBRP) opens up the prospect for more efficient data sharing and dissemination amongst the partner organisations, the wider community and the island's contribution to the cause of biodiversity recording further afield.

Manx National Heritage aka Manx Museum and National Trust administers large areas of semi-natural landscape around the island.

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Manx National Heritage (MNH) is the Isle of Man's statutory heritage agency, encompassing the Manx Museum and National Trust. It acts as a guardian of the Island's many natural and cultural assets and looks after 3000 acres of land on behalf of the community, including the Calf of Man Bird Observatory and nature reserve.

Through its museum and visitor centre displays, MNH communicates the uniqueness of the Manx landscape and the natural and historical factors that have shaped it. Recognizing the importance of understanding and protecting biodiversity, MNH provides opportunities for enjoyment, learning and practical involvement through museum exhibitions, special events, lectures and volunteering opportunities. Underpinning its biodiversity work are the collections which include plants, birds, mammals, butterflies, moths, rocks, fossils and minerals.

The Natural History Gallery at the Manx Museum in Douglas provides an introduction to the Island's wildlife and habitats and where to go to find them, but biodiversity features at other MNH venues such as the House of Manannan in Peel, Rushen Abbey in Ballasalla and the Sound café at the south west tip of the Island.

Wildlife conservation forms an integral part of MNH's approach to management of Manx National Trust land, much of which is coastal and attractive walking territory, including wildlife rich countryside at

MNH also manages biological records and is providing financial support for a merger of its Recorder 6 database with databases held by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and Manx Wildlife Trust. The merged database will form the core of a future Manx Biological Records Centre with the involvement of the Manx Biological Recording Partnership.

For more information, visit www.manxnationalheritage.im Manx National Heritage