Any data that we manage is available to conservationists and decision makers. Our aim is to support the protection of local biodiversity. Here are some of the ways in which it is used:

Informing planning decisions

We provide data to ecological consultancies through our commercial enquiries service. This feeds into their work assessing the ecological value of areas surrounding potential new developments and assessing the potential impacts on wildlife. Details of wildlife found in the area inform decisions on what’s built, when it’s built, how it’s built and any work needed to replace habitat lost during development.

Research projects

Data is available to students and researchers to use as part of any relevant projects. For example, data on past records can be used to provide background on any new studies in an area or changes in species distribution over time can be studied.

Conservation Organisations

We work closely with a number of local conservation organisations and are able to share data to help inform their work protecting species and habitats. For example, data might help with identifying, protecting or managing areas like local wildlife sites, informing decisions on reintroductions or monitoring the effect of conservation work.

Species atlases and checklists

Our data is available to local and national recording schemes and relevant experts. One example of how they might use data is creating species atlases or checklists. Atlases provide information on the known local distribution and other information relating to a particular species group. They can be used both as a means of assessing local species’ status’ and acknowledging any gaps in recording effort, therefore informing future work.

Find out more here: Atlases and checklists


We submit data periodically to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). This is a ‘collaborative partnership created to exchange biodiversity information’ and covers the whole of the UK. This allows the data that comes from us to be viewed alongside other sources of information.

Case studies

Monitoring on Chester Zoo Nature Reserve: Nature reserve monitoring

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