Ecological Consultants

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Submit a Data Request

Find out more about our Data Search Service

Submit a Biodiversity Impact Assessment Request

Find out more about our Biodiversity Impact Assessment Service 

 

Who are TVERC?

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) are the environmental records centre for Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  TVERC are a 'not for profit' partnership between all twelve local authorities across Berkshire and Oxfordshire and the Environment Agency.  TVERC collects, manages, analyses and shares environmental data with a wide range of customers to enable evidenced-based decision-making about the natural environment. We are one of a national network of local records centres, are an accredited member of the Association of Local Records Centres (ALERC) and a National Biodiversity Network (NBN) ‘Data Sharer’.

Why request data from TVERC?

We collect data from professional and volunteer surveyors, which are carefully checked before integration into our main database so that we can provide information of known quality in a format that suits our customers.

We can provide you with data about species, habitats, wildlife & geological sites and ecological networks in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

No other organisation, including the NBN, can provide you with this information. Our database currently includes nearly 2.5 million species records, and this increases every year by over 200,000 records to our database. We have regular contact with around 70 national and local recording groups and numerous individuals, who allow us to include their data on our database. We hold data on all species groups, including nearly 700,000 bird records, 22,000 bat records and 4,500 badger records.

All the planning authorities in Berkshire and Oxfordshire have agreed that ecology reports submitted as part of a planning application should include a data search from TVERC (with the exception of planning applications where it has been agreed with the planning authority that no data search is required because there will be no impacts on biodiversity). This approach is supported by CIEEM, the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) and the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC). More detailed guidance is available in the CIEEM 'Guidelines for Accessing and Using Biodiversity Data' and our website page on Ecological Survey Reports for Planning Applications.

What does TVERC provide?

Standard biodiversity reports are supplied within 10 working days of receiving a completed online form.Our charges are carefully set at a rate to ensure we can continue to provide a service now and into the future for the benefit of our environment.

The charge is shown within the online form, or you can use our data request cost calculator.

Sharing your data with TVERC

Data collected by ecological consultants is of a high standard and often of protected and notable species. If we received all the data collected by ecological consultants, our database would be even more useful to you than it is now.

Why share your records?

  • We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation so rely on receiving data from every source possible to improve our database of environmental information.
  • Our database will be even more useful for you when planning surveys.
  • Your records will help protect and enhance local biodiversity and geodiversity by increasing the quality and quantity of data we hold.
  • You will meet BS42020 and CIEEM guidelines for best practice.

To make this easier for us, you could ensure that all ecological survey reports include survey data in a table with the information we need so the data can be easily extracted and added to our database. Even better, you could send us an Excel spreadsheet at regular intervals containing all of your records. We have an Excel spreadsheet that you can use to collate your records: Species records spreadsheet (.xlsm) and Guidance notes for data entry (.pdf) We continuously check and upload data into our database so you could send it to us at any time of year.

Tip - Choose one or two months of the year which would suit your work programmes to send us the data, so that we know when to expect the data, and you can plan ahead.