Data enquiries

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DGERC offer a comprehensive data enquiry service to enable users to access the Centre's information. Although the requirements of different users may be varied and diverse, most can be met through the standard reports prepared by the Centre staff. We will also be pleased to discuss specific requirements with clients if you require information not available in the standard reports.

Standard enquiry reports

The following information is provided in a standard search for any given search area.

Standard species search
A list of records for any of the following categories can be provided for a given search area. The results are provided as an Excel file, though a printed report is available on request.

UK Legally Protected Species
All legally protected species (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Protection of Badgers Act 1992, Conservation Regulations 1994).

European Designated Species
All species listed on European directives (Berne convention, Bonn convention, Birds Directive, Habitats and Species Directive, CITES).

Biodiversity List Species
Species listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, the Scottish Biodiversity List and the Dumfries and Galloway Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

Rare/Scarce/Notable Species
Species recognised as Nationally Rare or Nationally Scarce based on assessments of their distributions.

Species of Conservation Concern
Species listed on national or global Red Data Books or on other status assessments (e.g. Birds of Conservation Concern).

Invasive Species
Species listed as invasive non-native species. Invasive non-native species ) are broadly defined as species whose introduction and/or spread threaten biological diversity. See the GB Non-native Species Secretariat website for further details.

In addition to the above, DGERC can provide a full list of species records for a search area, which can optionally be annotated to highlight any of the above categories.

Habitats
DGERC holds various types of habitat data for the region. These include broad habitat maps from the region-wide audit carried out in 1998, the Ancient Woodland Inventory and Raised Bog Inventory. In addition the Centre also holds more detailed habitat information on some areas, including NVC and Phase I habitat survey information.

Sites
DGERC can provide information on both statutory and non-statutory sites within a study area. The Centre holds copies of the boundaries and citations for SSSIs, SPAs, SACs and other local, national and international sites. The Centre also manages the database of Local Wildlife Sites for the region.

Submitting an enquiry

All enquirers are asked to complete a data enquiry form prior to carrying any search. This enables us to manage our enquiries more efficiently and to provide an estimate of costs to our clients. Enquirers should indicate clearly the search site and any buffer area on the form. All enquirers will be made aware of the potential cost prior to DGERC undertaking a search. Please note that the cost quoted will be an estimate. In the event that the cost for work undertaken will exceed the estimated cost, the client will be informed.

Download Data Enquiry Form Data Enquiry Form MS-Word format MS-Word (1Mb) or Data Enquiry Form PDF format PDF (200Kb)

Charging policy

DGERC levies a charge for all commercial data enquiries. The fee covers the time spent processing data requests and a contribution to the time spent collating and maintaining the data. Thus requests for more detailed information and for larger areas will have a higher cost. A minimum charge of £50 will apply to all commercial requests. A copy of our current charging schdule is available here Data Enquiry Charges Schedule PDF (35Kb)

Enquiries from non-commercial sectors, that enquiries received from the general public or from educators are generally free of charge. Enquiries on behalf of local or national recording schemes and societies are also free of charge. For non-commercial requests, DGERC reserves the right to levy a fee for larger requests (where the amount of work required exceed 3 hours); any charges will be agreed with the client before undertaking any work.

In the event that the enquiry results in no information for the search area a fee of £50 will be made and a written statement confirming this will be provided.