The BRERC partnership is formed of 3 unitary authorities - Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, and South Gloucestershire Council - plus the Avon Wildlife Trust. We also have service agreements with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water.
West of England Local Authorities
Our local authority partners use BRERC biodiversity and geodiversity data to formulate and support decisions in many areas of their work, including:
- planning and environment - to assess the potential impacts of proposed developments;
- pollution control and contaminated land - for input into local strategies;
- parks and open spaces - to ensure appropriate management;
- museums - to complement the work of local and regional museum services.
BRERC works on behalf of our local authority partners to:
- support and coordinate voluntary groups and individuals who collect environmental and geological records;
- obtain local data from national organisations (in order to make that data locally available);
- store, manage, analyse and present this data;
- make information available to our partners and the wider public.
Avon Wildlife Trust
We work with the Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) - the leading wildlife charity in the West of England area.
The aims of the AWT include:
- conserving and increasing biodiversity in the local area; and
- campaigning on issues which threaten wildlife, locally and nationally.
Projects that BRERC and AWT have worked on together are:
- Living Landscapes;
- AWT BioBlitz 2011 at Chew Valley Lake; and
- AWT Reserves species recording support.