Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre

Data Searches    

WSBRC provides a data search service to all users, including environmental consultants, voluntary organisations and members of the public. The service is based on the delivery of a standardised set of products but, where possible and resources allow, bespoke outputs can also be made available. We can provide species, site and habitat information within a rapid timeframe and in suitable formats for users.

Is your site within our area? Use the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) ‘Find a LERC Map’ tool to find the records centre in your area of interest. 


How to use this service


Data Search Flow Chart 2 2016



Data searches will normally be supplied within 10 working days of receipt of a fully completed Information Request Form (IRF) or confirmation of our quote (where this applies), but for a faster turnaround within 3 working days of confirmation (where resources allow) there is a 30% surcharge.

Enquiries are provided in electronic formats (normally JPEG maps for sites and habitats and Excel or PDF with species/attribute data) but please note that WSBRC does not generally provide datasets as GIS files to non-partners (See Charges - WSBRC Partners section). An area based charge is made to cover the costs of delivering required information to the requestor. This charge is normally waived for members of the public and students, but this is discretionary and depends on the scale and nature of the request. 

Before you complete the IRF please ensure that you read the information contained within the pages linked to the right and take a look at the example forms at the bottom of the IRF page. If you still have questions or are not sure what you require from us please feel free to contact us and discuss your needs before filling out the form.

Note that WSBRC cannot advise users on the best course of action based on information provided – this advice should be sought from local authority ecologists, Natural England or other ecological advisers.