Confidentiality and Copyright
WSBRC has a statutory duty to make environmental information it holds available to any person that requests it under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. However, under Regulation 12, data can be withheld if it is considered ‘sensitive’ by either the supplier or us. This will depend on the nature of the enquiry and the purpose to which the data is being used.
Data suppliers might place restrictions on datasets considered to be sensitive when they are shared with WSBRC, for example, in relation to rare breeding birds, or where restrictions are imposed by landowners who enable access to private land for monitoring projects.
Species records regarded by WSBRC or its data suppliers as confidential or otherwise sensitive are listed within the annex of our Data Access Policy. If an enquirer’s area of search encompasses such species the enquirer will be informed and may make a request in writing to the data supplier for the details to be released.
WSBRC receives data from a variety of sources, ranging from volunteer recorders to large organisations. WSBRC retains copyright on its database holdings, and individuals and groups who have provided their records free of charge retain copyright on their data. The data supplied to an enquirer can only be used in the context of the specified project for which the enquiry was made. It may not be published or supplied to third parties without written consent from WSBRC. See Conditions of Use for our terms and conditions in full.