Welcome to GCER!

Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records is a unique source of information about our county's wildlife and natural environment. We work with local recorders and wildlife groups to collate their sightings, bring together all the available information and build our database of over two million biological records. The database is updated continually and forms the evidence base for a range of biodiversity conservation work.

Wildlife in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is a special place for wildlife. A huge amount of wildlife information is generated here by recording groups, individual members of the public, conservation NGOs and government agencies. This is partly because over a third of the county is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes areas of high biodiversity such as the Forest of Dean, Severn Vale, Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods and Cotswold Water Park. However, not all our wildlife is in the countryside by any means: lots of records also come from urban and built-up areas, with enthusiastic recording of town and garden wildlife adding an important element to the GCER database. GCER collates, curates and shares information from all these sources.

GCER services

In addition to collating and processing incoming information, we provide data and GIS services to a wide range of organisations and commercial data users. Our aim is to ensure that wildlife knowledge is available for the benefit of biodiversity conservation in Gloucestershire and in a wider, strategic context. Hover over or touch the topics below to find out more about how GCER collects, supplies and analyses wildlife data.


The GCER database

  • Over 2m species records
  • Continual additions and updates
  • Liaison with local recorders
  • Huge range of survey data
  • GIS data capture
  • National data standards

data services

Outputs and services include:

  • Screening planning applications
  • Commercial data searches
  • Wildlife Trust projects
  • Statutory agency work
  • GIS training
  • Species ID and queries


We provide evidence for:

  • Conservation monitoring
  • Reserve management
  • National statistics
  • Consultants' reports
  • Academic research
  • Parish plans