Species Data Matter

Article written by Ellen Lee, Biodiversity Data Services Officer

It’s been another busy year for the data team as we’ve received over 400 individual data sets. These come in all shapes and sizes, from pieces of paper (yes, some people still use paper!) to large spreadsheets and written reports. Some data sets may contain a single species record, and some may contain 100,000! Whatever it looks like and whatever its size the data team and its band of hardworking volunteers checks over it all and converts it into the correct format to be imported into the TVERC database. Once there, it can be used to inform planning decisions, conservation work etc.

I’ve just gone through the process of extracting species records from the database to create computerised mapping layers that we share with our local authority and other partners, use in our commercial and non-commercial data search service and provide to local groups and individual wildlife recorders as part of our data exchange agreements with them. So, here’s some highlights of what we’ve added to our database and what we currently hold in it.

Two of the groups that we have recently targeted for accelerated data entry are bats and great crested newts. Thanks to our office volunteers who trawl planning portals for ecological reports containing useful data, and those who beaver away checking and formatting data sets ready for entry, we have done a great job of adding records for these species over the last four months.

So, if you have data that you’ve been thinking of sending us, please don’t be shy! We look forward to hearing from you:


Posted: November 30, 2018