Getting data from GCER

Each year GCER produces hundreds of data search reports for ecological consultancies and other commercial data users. We can provide:

  • Maps and descriptions for non-statutory sites
  • Lists and/or distribution maps for rare, protected and notable species
  • Maps and citations for statutory designated wildlife areas
  • Landscape-level maps of habitats, Nature Improvement Areas and Strategic Nature Areas
  • Combined reports listing, or mapping, any of the above
  • GIS mapping, analysis and interpretation of wildlife data, including raw data provided by the client

Alternative data request form downloads - NEW!
Right-click on the required link below and choose "save link as" (or the equivalent command for your browser).
Older Word files .doc
Open Office Open Document .odt
Pages for MAC .pages
Portable Document Format .pdf
Plain text .txt

..... Speed up data requests:

  • Not sure about which LERC to contact? check here first
  • Make it clear on the request form which categories of information you need e.g. "bats only", "Local Sites only", "all designated sites and species" etc.
  • Specify a central grid reference point for radius searches. If in doubt, grab a grid reference here
  • Specify a date range or cutoff date (e.g. "records from the last 10 years") if you don't want lots of much older records included in your search results
  • Include a map and/or GIS polygon layer (.shp preferred) if you'd like the search to relate to specific area(s) rather than a central point
  • Check that your instructions are the same on the map as on the request form!

Typical data searches

We aim to keep our standard commercial data searches as quick and cheap as possible whilst ensuring that records are clearly-presented, well-validated and as comprehensive as data sources permit.

!NOTE THAT OUR MINIMUM HOURLY RATE, WHICH HAS BEEN "FROZEN" FOR TWO YEARS NOW, WILL BE INCREASING IN JANUARY 2017. Due partly to increasing costs, and partly to a loss of partnership support during 2016, we have no option but to increase the costs in line with adjacent records centres.

From 9th January 2017:
Our minimum search fee for commercial data searches is £105, covering the first hour. Requests for especially large search areas, complex lists of species categories, areas with exceptionally high numbers of recent species records or other more lengthy requests are then charged at £60 (i.e. no increase on 2016) for each extra hour. The majority of searches fall into a one- or two-hour category.

The day rate for projects, multiple searches, extra interpretation work or other longer tasks is £340.

These rates do not include VAT, which in most cases will need to be added.

We aim to respond to all requests within 48 hours and complete all searches within 10 working days (the average is 4 days). Data searches are already prioritised over other GCER work, so we don't have a "fast track" option - effectively they're all fast-tracked as far as is possible. However, we try to order our work according to the urgency of the request, so if you need something extra quickly it is worth asking if it can be given the highest priority.


Utilities, consultancies and other regular commercial users of GCER data can benefit from a longer-term Agreement. This cuts down on administration for us, and provides users with a set number of data searches, licence to use our GIS layers (see below) or other services which would otherwise necessitate a lot of separate data requests. Agreements such as these offer savings of up to 25% compared with individual, one-off requests.

We also operate reduced-rate Agreements with local authorities, parish councils and project partners. See here for more information.

Aerial photography with highlighted water features

GIS data

GCER produces a range of original vector GIS layers, including Key Wildlife Sites, Strategic Nature Areas, historic habitat mapping and Phase 1 Habitat Survey. Some are available for public download (e.g. the Strategic Nature Areas). Some may freely be viewed online as part of GCER's online maps. Other key datasets are only available under licence from GCER, usually as part of a Service Level Agreement. If you'd like to arrange an Agreement for this or other services please contact us.