GCER is one of a national network of Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs). LERCs exist in order to encourage, collate, curate and share information about the natural environment. As with other natural sciences, a lot of information is generated by "amateurs" - some of whom are experts in their field, but not necessarily taking part in a formally-structured survey.
Other information comes from national recording schemes, e.g. Atlas projects and Citizen Science surveys. This is in addition to data collected by professional ecologists, NGOs and government agencies - although all of the above may collaborate on recording for specific projects. Any of these sources can provide high-quality biological records and maps. In Gloucestershire, collating such diverse information, validating data and producing useful, combined outputs is the speciality of GCER.
Once collated and validated, a good dataset is likely to be used many times. In addition to exchanging data with contributing recorders, GCER outputs information for a range of purposes:
Hover over or touch the boxes below for more information about key outputs and services.