I've sent you my records, where will they end up?

Wildlife records come to us in a variety of different ways. One of our main functions as a service is to collate that variety of information (e.g. emails, spreadsheets, web-forms, phone call's, paper documents..) and get it into a standardised format we can then report on.

Once a record comes in (whatever the form!) it is reviewed and logged for import into the main Recorder 6 database. It will undergo a series of validation checks to make sure it has all the required information in a useable format and is otherwise useable! Once in Recorder 6 we can start to report on and use the record in services.

In addition, once in Recorder 6 the record will be subject to verificationVerification is an ongoing process whereby all records are subject to review by a recognised expert for a particular species group. Typically this person is a regional representative of a National Societies or Recording Schemes (e.g. Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland). However, for some species this will be a national expert.

Because of the potential impact of the records we hold on local decisions taking it is of utmost importance that we can have as much confidence as possible that a particular record is correct.

Verification is also a very useful way for someone to learn more about a species and how to identify them. We encourage a recorder to contact a verifier directly where possible and work with them to support you in the identification process. Through verification your record will also be available to National Societies and Recording Schemes.

We then share the database with the Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service so that they can review planning applications, assess biodiversity risk and advise on the design of City Region strategy.

By this point data is also available to partner organisations such as the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society for their work in addition to any statuatory and 'commercial' users who have a need to access data for project or statuatory purposes and organisations who want full resolution access as part of data sharing agreements (e.g. the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and Bat Conservation Trust).

Beyond the regional we also then share data we have collated to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas from which point it can be accessed by any non-commercial users such as the public or research institutions (Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) at a 2km scale.

Via the NBN the data is then shared globally to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) where it is accessible for international research users, the public and the designation and monitoring of species at an international scale.