How will Merseyside BioBank use my records?

Once a record is 'in' we will use it in a variety of different ways. Broadly speaking we will make your records available to advise and information decision taking and conservation. As a LERC our highest impact is with local decision taking, forward planning and strategy. However, either directly or via other routes we will ensure that your record will have a far greater reach than us and the Liverpool City Region. General uses can be grouped loosely based on the general end user;

  • Planning - Generally speaking by the local planning authorities and their advisors. The data we hold forms the biodiversity evidence base for decision taking in the 4 districts
    • Highlighting Local Priority Species
    • ​Local Authority Local Plan/Land Allocations
    • Development Control/Planning Application
    • Forward Planning
    • Strategic Development/Review
    • Local Wildlife Sites Designation/Review
    • Ecological Network
    • Green Infrastructure Planning
  • Commercial use - Typically developers/ecological consultancies when designing new developments or infrastructure and want to 'build in' biodiversity or want to know what constraints might exist around a proposal
    • House improvement
    • Housing estate construction
    • Industrial site
    • Rail works
    • Utilities
    • Highways
    • Other re-development
  • Research - Such as at the request of universities, university students or other research bodies
    • We do get research requests and many students volunteer with us. However, the majority of research use is via the datasets we share on the NBN Atlas and GBIF.
  • Conservation - Such as at the request of conservation organisations (charities/NGO's)
    • ​Nature Reserve Management/Monitoring
    • Landscape Scale Conservation ('Bee Lines')
  • Public - Information is available at public requests (interest/transparency)
    • ​Individual public information requests about a site or species
    • Local naturalist requests wanting to target their recording effort or know what has been found (what hasn't been reported!)
    • Community groups concerned about the impact of development.
  • Statuatory Agencies
    • Environment Agency permitting functions and waterways work
    • Joint Nature Conservation Committee species and habitat monitoring and designation