Commercial Data Requests

Biodiversity and planning

You can find out more about biodiversity and planning in Dorset on the website. In order to comply with all relevant government legislation on biodiversity a Biodiversity Appraisal scheme has been set up for the county. The link provides further links to the Biodiversity Appraisal Scheme, advice notes and guidance sheets.

The Biodiversity Appraisal & Biodiversity Mitigation Plan Advice Note advises developers or their agents to contact DERC to obtain existing wildlife records for the site and its environs to inform and complement a Biodiversity Mitigation Plan.

The British Standard (BS42020) released in 2013 also provides guidance on what information consultants should request from a Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC), i.e. species and habitat information to inform desk studies and future fieldwork and assessment (paragraph 6.4.2). Consultants are not expected to include long, un-interpreted species lists from LERCs in their reports, only the main findings and conclusions.

BS42020 goes further in encouraging survey data to be made available to the LERCs at the time that the ecological report enters the public realm unless there is an explicit contractual restriction on such data release (paragraph 6.4.7). For those protected species which require a licence, the licensee is required to submit records collected under the terms of the licence to the LERC.


Datasearch requests

A datasearch can be carried out by DERC in a specific area or for a particular site or species. Our standard species datasearch is post-2004 records for rare, threatened or protected species; species with a Biodiversity Action Plan or statement and species with a Dorset Notable status, plus records for invasive aliens within/in the vicinity of your chosen area. Records are provided on an Excel spreadsheet. A list of sites and designations, plus pdf maps showing site boundaries and Priority Habitats can also be provided (see examples, opposite).

To request a datasearch please download and complete the enquiry form (revised version October 2015) and return it to us by email or post.

If your enquiry crosses the Dorset boundary, you may need to contact one of our neighbouring Records Centres in the South-west via the South West LRC portal Other LRC contact details can be found via the NFBR LRC Contact database

Charges for datasearches
Our current charging rate is £80 per hour plus VAT. The costs will vary depending upon the information requested and the how much data is available. Most requests from consultants cost £160 - £240 + VAT. If no data is found there will be no charge. The datasearch workflow is shown below.

Dorset habitats Site map
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Surveys and Reports

Our Ecologist, Bryan Edwards, is an experienced surveyor who has been working in Dorset since 1991. Bryan has undertaken detailed habitat and species surveys for a wide variety of clients, both within and outside of Dorset including Dorset County Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, English Nature, National Trust and Plantlife. Habitat surveys include basic Phase I vegetation surveys and full National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys. Surveys of lichens and bryophytes have included both site surveys and individual species surveys.

Examples of some recent survey reports are shown opposite (click for full versions).

DERC has contributed to many Dorset projects, collating and analysing data and producing maps and GIS datasets. These include the Dorset Biodiversity Audit and Natural Value: The State of Dorsetís Environment. Both can be accessed through the Dorset Wildlife Trust website.

If you have a project for DERC, contact the Records Centre Manager for a quote.

2013 Townsend Lichen & Bryophyte Survey 2014 Corfe Castle Lichen Survey