About us

Bluebells
Native bluebells - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) is a 'not for profit' organisation covering Berkshire and Oxfordshire. We are run by a partnership and are one of a national network of local records centres. We are a member of the Association of Local Records Centres (ALERC) and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).

Our funding partners include all the local authorities in Oxfordshire & Berkshire plus the Environment Agency. We also work closely with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).

What we do

We provide our funding partners with annually updated species and sites information as GIS tables, and undertake surveys of local wildlife sites. We also carry out data analysis for the monitoring of local authority Local Plans.

We provide information to parish councils, local people, conservation bodies, land-owners, students and commercial organisations such as ecological consultants and utilities companies via data searches, data licensing and data exchanges. Please see the Data Search Enquiries page for more information on data searches, data licencing and data exchanges.

We provide other services such as ecological surveys, data analysis & presentation, training on MapInfo and ecology and production of promotional leaflets. Examples of some of the work we have undertaken can be seen on the Services page.

Our records

We hold around 1.3 million records of flora and fauna in Berkshire and Oxfordshire plus information about Local Wildlife and Geological Sites, NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance (previously called UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) habitats) and Ecological Networks (Conservation Target Areas and Biodiversity Opportunity Areas).

We collect this data from the general public, skilled volunteer /amateur recorders, professionals working for wildlife charities (BBOWT and RSPB), professionals working for government agencies (the Environment Agency & local authorities) and ecological consultants.

See our Data quality page for more information on how we manage, verify and validate data.

How you can help collect data

What the information is used for

This information is used:

  • by planning authorities and developers to make informed decisions on the design and location of sustainable development
  • to help farmers, land-owners and conservation organisations manage land in the best way to enhance biodiversity
  • by nature partnerships to direct wildlife conservation work
  • by teachers, students and scientists for education and scientific research.