Find out more here on how we are set up, funded and function as well as the workstreams we cover.
The Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre (LERC) collates wildlife and geological information for Greater Lincolnshire from various sources and makes it available for various uses. This data is crucial to aid conservation management of sites, to help organisations prioritise action, and to understand the distribution of species and trends over time.
The database holds over 3 million sightings, covering data on birds, plants, insects and more. See the chart opposite for more information.
One of the key parts of LERC's role is data provision. These data searches may be 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.
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.
For the data to be of value, it needs to be continually supplemented by new, recent sightings. You can help us to achieve this by sending in your sightings. It doesn't matter if you only have a handful of sightings to share – or thousands – all sightings are valuable as they contribute to the bigger picture.