Waarnemingen.be - Other insect occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

  • Koen Lock (Creator)
  • Karin Gielen (Creator)
  • Wouter Vanreusel (Creator)
  • Marc Herremans (Creator)
  • Peter Desmet (Creator)
  • Kristijn R. R. Swinnen (Creator)



Waarnemingen.be - Other insect occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium is a species occurrence dataset published by Natuurpunt. The dataset contains over 27,000 insect occurrences of 355 naturally occurring species (native, vagrant or migrant species), recorded by volunteers (citizen scientists), mainly since 2008. The occurrences are derived from the database http://www.waarnemingen.be, hosted at the nature conservation NGO Natuurpunt in collaboration with Stichting Natuurinformatie. Standardized information regarding sex, lifeStage, reproductiveCondition, behavior, occurrenceRemarks, and samplingProtocol are included as well. The taxonomic scope of the dataset is defined by “Insects (other)”, a residual taxonomic group used at www.waarnemingen.be to indicate insect species that are not part of one of the major insect groups/orders. See Taxonomic coverage for more information regarding which insect groups are (not) included.

Generalized and/or withheld information: location information is generalized to 5 x 5 km² Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cells. Observer name, exact XY-coordinates, toponyms, and photographs are not included in the published dataset, but are known in the source database.

To allow anyone to use this dataset, we have released the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). We would appreciate however, if you read and follow these norms for data use (http://www.natuurpunt.be/normen-voor-datagebruik) and provide a link to the original dataset (https://doi.org/10.15468/vcaflk) whenever possible. If you use these data for a scientific paper, please cite the dataset following the applicable citation norms and/or consider us for co-authorship. We are always interested to provide more information or know how you have used the data, so please contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or natuurdata@natuurpunt.be.

The publication of this dataset is supported by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.
Date made available4-Apr-2019
Temporal coverage6-Apr-1974 - 31-Dec-2018
Date of data production4-Apr-2019
Geographical coverageFlanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Taxonomic list

  • insects (Insecta)

Geographic list

  • Flanders
  • Brussels-Capital region

Thematic List 2020

  • Protected nature
  • Data & infrastructure

Thematic list

  • Insects

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