Devon Biodiversity Record Centre

Keeping track of wildlife in Devon

DBRC is one of a national network of Local Environmental Records Centres in the UK and has been providing information about wildlife for more than 20 years. We collect, manage and make available records of wildlife, and currently manage a database of over 5.5 million records which is updated by 2,000-5,000 records a month. All of our records are validated and verified, so that the data is of a known quality. We also collect and manage data on wildlife habitats and geological sites, and lead on the County Wildlife Sites program for the county.

Hosted by Devon Wildlife Trust, DBRC is run on a ‘not for profit’ basis, and was originally set up to act a central reference point for anyone who wants to know about wildlife in Devon. We operate with support from key partners such as Devon County Council and the Environment Agency, and provide data services to our funding partners with annually updated species and sites information. Over time our role has expanded, but at our heart remains a mission to make the best available data on Devon’s biodiversity, as accessible as possible.

In addition to planning authorities, we provide information to parish councils, local people, conservation bodies, land-owners, students and commercial organisations such as ecological consultants and utilities companies via data searches, data licensing and data exchanges. Please see the Data Search Enquiries page for more information on data searches, data licensing and data exchanges. Having appropriate outlets/formats for the data, is fundamental to ensuring its responsible use, and that the most up to date information is used within decision making processes. 

DBRC holds datasets which need to be constrained due to commercial sensitivities, as without central government funding, we need to operate a blended business model. Appropriate charges are therefore made for access to data, to allow for the continued long term improvement in our data holdings.

Due to a number of large scale, high profile projects that are ongoing, we currently have a permanent staff of 9 people at DBRC and up to 10 people working on a voluntary basis or on short contracts.