Records talk for Probus Club

On Wednesday, April 25, Fraserburgh Men’s Probus Club were treated to a very interesting talk by Glenn Roberts, manager of NESBReC (North-east Scotland Biological Records Centre).

Few members were aware of this records centre as it was only established in 2000 and with a small staff (currently four, including Mr Roberts) covering the administrative areas of Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Moray and the Cairngorms National Park.

They will record all aspects of flora and fauna in these regions with information that is provided to them by enthusiasts with special interests.

Mr Roberts’ photographs and detailed notes, along with the location of specimen, is important, the club found - accurate grid reference is suggested.

Based in the University of Aberdeen, NESBReC can be contacted by telephone, email, and have their own website.

Funding comes from various sources, meanwhile, and if NESBReC offers services in any commercial way, administrative charges would apply.

With the help of a digital projector, Mr Roberts expanded his talk and held the interest of the Fraserburgh Men’s Probus Club throughout, very ably answering the many questions fielded.

A vote of thanks was given, before President Bill Mathew reminded everyone of the Fraserburgh Men’s Probus Club’s AGM on Wednesday, May 9.

NESBReC can be contacted online via their website at, via email at, or by telephone on 01224 273633.

NESBReC currently have an online database of over 87,000 species, which can be searched for free online.

As well as this, there are links to the group’s online Flickr page, where you can view submitted photographs.