A key function of the WSBRC is to provide biological information to a variety of users including local authorities, statutory agencies, environmental consultants, voluntary organisations and members of the public. The information provided allows decision makers and other users a clearer picture of the wildlife interest of an area. WSBRC cannot advise users on the best course of action based on this information though – this advice should be sought from local authority ecologists, Natural England or other ecological advisers.
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The information we can provide includes:
* Presence of notified sites or species records in a particular area
* Maps showing species distributions
* Maps showing habitat distributions (partial coverage)
* Site survey information for County Wildlife Sites
How to use this service
Enquiries can be provided in paper and electronic formats. Please note that the WSBRC does not at present generally provide data in digital form as GIS files. A charge is made to cover the costs of supplying the data to the requestor. This charge is normally waived for contributing stakeholders of the WSBRC, members of the public and students, but this is discretionary and depends on the nature of the request.
We aim to supply data searches within 10 working days of receipt of a fully completed Information Request Form and confirmation of our quote (where this applies), but for a faster turnaround within 3 working days (where staff resource allows) there is a 30% surcharge.
Before you complete the information request form please ensure that you read the Notes on Data Provision pages linked to the right. 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.