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What We Do

There are seven Local Records Centres (LRCs) covering the South West region - which stretches from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.

We collect, store and distribute data on biodiversity and geodiversity in the region. Our data is used to:

Environmental Data

In total, the South West Local Records Centres hold over 11 million records covering biodiversity and geology in the region. These datasets include:

We collect environmental data from members of the public, specialist recording groups, environmental consultancies and from local, regional and national organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

All of the data is validated and verified, so that we can be as sure as is reasonably possible that the data we hold is accurate.

When we give data out to third parties, we have procedures in place to ensure that sensitive or confidential records are not given out to anybody apart from the appropriate people.


We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce high quality maps and for spatial analysis of data; for example:


The South West Records Centres are all not-for-profit bodies. However each LRC is a separate organisation, with different funding and management structures.

Contact Us

Use our Postcode Search facility on the front page if you're not sure which LRC you need.

Or click on one of the links below:

Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC)
Cornwall Environmental Records Centre (ERCISS)
Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC)
Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC)
Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER)
Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)
Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC)

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Page reviewed: 24/07/2012