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BRERC with strong support from our partners, provides an unrivalled service in the ’West of England’ area. We are the central repository for biodiversity and geodiversity data for Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset.
BRERC enables a large network of hundreds of recorders and volunteers across the West of England to participate in making their records available to the world. The Links page has details of our Local recording organisations.
BRERC stores and manages this information, with over 1.9 million records on our species database; and several million older records in paper format.
All the species data at BRERC is carefully validated and verified, so that we can be as sure as is reasonably possible that the data we enter onto our systems is accurate.
Read more about BRERC’s Validation and Verification processes
BRERC is a not for profit organisation administered through Bristol City Council on behalf of our partners:
BRERC also collects data covering the North Somerset area (NSOM)
and provides a Data Search Service for this area.
More information on the BRERC Partnership
BRERC has 2.5 members of staff, and up to 25 office volunteers.
Find out more about BRERC People
BRERC data is routinely used to:
In addition, examples of projects and larger pieces of work can be seen on the BRERC Case Studies page.
Summaries of our species data are available via the new
Interactive BRERC Maps facility.
(Maps open in a new window.)
This summarises the species that have been recorded in each 1km² throughout the BRERC area, and new data are updated regularly.
BRERC species data is also uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network website.
Species data from the last 15 years are available at 1km² resolution on the NBN Gateway;
species data (excluding sensitive species) recorded over 15 years ago are available at full resolution (for non-commercial use only).
NB Please read BRERC's Policies on Confidential and Sensitive Data, and the NBN Gateway Terms and Conditions.