Report contents

A standard search includes:

  • PDF report
  • Excel spreadsheet of species (up to 2km)
  • EITHER PDF maps of sites and habitats OR GIS datasets (up to 5km*).

* For search areas greater than a 10km square, or a 5km buffer around a site, you should request a data licence, rather than a data search. Data will be provided as GIS or Excel files.


A standard search includes protected, notable and invasive species recorded within the search area between 1980 and 2017 for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, higher plants, butterflies, moths and dragonflies; and between 1960 and 2017 for all other species. See “Species Status Guidance” for more information. Our database includes over 3 million species records, of which about 540,000 are protected, notable or invasive. If you would like information on records prior to the specified cut-off dates or on species which are not protected, notable or invasive, please state this in the comments box of the data request form.


A standard search includes the following sites. See “Guidance on Statutory and Non-Statutory Wildlife Site Designations” for more information.

  • RAMSAR sites
  • Special Areas of Conservation
  • Special Protection Areas
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • National Nature Reserves
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • Local Wildlife Sites
  • Proposed Local Wildlife Sites and Extensions
  • NGO properties / Nature Reserves
  • Local Geological Sites
  • Other sites e.g. District Wildlife Sites or sites managed by local groups.
  • Conservation Target Areas / Biodiversity Opportunity Areas


A standard search maps NERC Act Section 41 habitats of principal importance (previously UKBAP priority habitats) and Phase 1 habitat classification habitats. See “Habitats and Land Use Guidance” for more information.

Data Statements