The trusted source of wildlife, habitat and geological information for Greater Lincolnshire.
The Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre (LERC) holds more than 10 million species records covering data on birds, plants, insects and more.
One of the key parts of LERC's role is data provision. Data searches may be undertaken on behalf of Partners, local naturalists and researchers or commercial consultants.
We charge for the time taken to run a data search for commercial purposes (this charge is waived for non-commercial and research use). The charge includes a contribution to the costs of managing the database, and a proportion is made available to local naturalists for specific projects through the Local Recording Fund.
In October 2018 we launched our new online data access system for ecological consultants and local authorities, giving instant access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're a member of the public, researcher or other user just get in touch to see how we can help.
Ensuring data is of a high quality and remains safeguarded are also key parts of LERC's role. This is achieved in part by ensuring data is validated before entry and verified by local experts.
In 2011 LERC became one of the first Local Record Centres to be accredited by ALERC. This external accreditation of quality ensures that customers can be even more confident that the service provided is of the highest standard and data providers can be sure data is appropriately stored and used.