Data searches

WSBRC Christmas Closure: In order to guarantee results before Christmas please ensure data search requests are submitted by the  10th of December for the standard 10 day turnaround and 17th December for the 3-day turnaround.
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As a consequence of the current Corona outbreak WSBRC staff will be working from home for the foreseeable future.

This will not effect our data provision or standard turnaround time, however the phone line will not be manned so please direct all enquires and questions via email to

Requesting a Data Search

Our comprehensive data search service is available to all users of our data. This includes: environmental consultants, voluntary organisations and members of the public. This chargeable service is typically based on the delivery of a standardised set of products but; however where time and resources allow we can provide bespoke outputs.

Enquiries are provided in electronic formats (normally JPEG maps for sites and habitats and Excel or PDF with species/attribute data) but please note that WSBRC does not in normal circumstances provide datasets as GIS files to non-partners.

Before requesting a data search, check if your site is within our area?

The standard turn-around time for a data search is 10 working days; ether for the  will normally be supplied within 10 working days of receipt of a fully completed Information Request Form (IRF) or confirmation of our quote (where this applies).  Where resources allow, we can also supply data search on a fast turnaround of 3 working days from confirmation. This faster turnaround comes with a surcharge

Before you complete the IRF please ensure that you read our data search guidance notes. If you still have questions or are not sure what you require from us please feel free to contact us and discuss your needs before filling out the form.

Generally data searches will incur a charge. This is unavoidable if we are to continue to support our local recorders and remain financially sustainable following continued funding pressure. For more information about costs of please see our charging policy.

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