Providing rapid access to biodiversity information for better decision making
With its ever expanding database BIS can provide a range of professional services to a variety of users. Information is freely available for educational purposes, recorders, and the public, with certain restrictions on release of confidential or sensitive species information. BIS operates as a not-for-profit organisation and does not charge for data it supplies, however we do reserve the right to pass on the cost of collating, analysing and reporting on the data to commercial users.
For further ecological advice on wildlife records BIS holds please contact the relevant local expert.
The main system for commercial reporting is LERC Wales Aderyn (the Biodiversity Information and Reporting Database) which has been developed by the Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) for LERC Wales.
The commercial reporting system is designed to allow commercial users to enter their search enquiry online, choosing from a number of standard packages. The customer completes the online Data Enquiry Release Form (DERF) which is then automatically emailed to the LERC. When the LERC receives the enquiry it runs the search in Aderyn and a quote is emailed to the customer. Once accepted and fully processed, the customers will receive a link to view the data in a variety of formats. This fast, efficient service provides a much improved final product, which not only gives the customer an interactive view of all the data online, but also allows the results to be downloaded as a CSV (Comma separated value / spreadsheet) or shapefile.
See our on-line Data Enquiry Service page for more information, available packages, charges and to start a data enquiry.
Reporting through Aderyn provides information on species, habitats and designated sites, categorised to follow a range of international, European, national and locally recognised statuses.
Four categories of species have been defined to support this service and are standardised with LERC Wales:
The Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Phase 1 habitat map (2003-2006) and the original NRW Phase 1 Habitat map (1997) can be displayed to show the occurrence of any known semi-natural habitats in the relevant search area. NRW Phase II surveys are also included.
Aderyn reports on statutory and local sites within the relevant search areas. These include, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas for Conservation, Special Protection Areas and National Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sites and Regionally Important Geological Sites. NRW Ancient Woodland Inventory and NRW Priority Areas are also included where present.
Aderyn Planning Reporting Tool
This service allows the LERC to process weekly planning lists from unitary authorities, in an automated fashion requiring minimum input from the list provider. The system is designed to receive the weekly list as a CSV (comma separated value) file which is then processed by the LERC. Recipients can be defined on the system and then receive an email showing the latest applications along with an overview of the data returned for that application. The user can view the results online in Aderyn showing detailed species, habitat and designated site information with Red Alerts highlighted (Priority Species records within 10m of the application location). The results may also be viewed in Cofnod eMapper where full or public reports can be printed. The Aderyn Planning Viewer contains lists of all applications processed for a planning authority along with a facility to search applications and view the original data.
Aderyn Full Partner Access
This tool allows partners with a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to view and search LERC Wales species, habitat and designated site data within a web browser. The area of access will be defined by a geo-lock. The user can search for data around a point, polyline or polygon, with or without a buffer, or within a predefined polygon such as a vice-county. The results can be further filtered by date, species status, species category, taxon group etc. The user can then view the results in Aderyn or Cofnod eMapper, print a report (via eMapper), or download the data in a variety of formats.
GIS Alert Layers
These are a customised sub-section of species and site data for use under licence in the customers Geographic Information Systems. As part of the service, the BIS will supply regular updates, which will incorporate any additions made to the reporting database used at BIS.
Direct Data Access
Under an SLA a partner may be granted direct access to the LERC Wales species database containing over 10 million records. This allows the user to take the data into their own systems for viewing and reporting. (Please contact BIS for more technical information and costs).
Support of Local Nature Action Plans
BIS also offers additional support to local recorders at no or minimal charge: