Partner Support

We define non-commercial users thus: non-sponsored researchers, teachers, students; members of the public; charitable or voluntary nature conservation organisations and natural history societies and other organisations, including recording groups who have either service level agreements or data exchange agreements with Merseyside BioBank. Enquirers may be asked to provide credentials.

Information to bona fide inquirers, who will use the data for non-commercial purposes, is normally supplied free of charge as part of our ongoing support of the local biological recording and naturalist community. However, if a significant amount of staff time and/or resources are required for an enquiry then a handling charge may be necessary but will be kept to a minimum. This will be specific to the nature of the enquiry. 

Products and Services

Our provision of services to partner and public users are necessarily less defined than those provided to commercial users, we encourage a potential user (member of the public, local or regional group) to contact us to discuss their particular interests or requirements. A few examples of what we can offer have been laid out below;

  • Data review: We offer data custodianship service. Hosting and maintaining a database of species observations for Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens into the future. As our primary function any data supplied to us backed up and fed into local conservation and decision making ensuring that records are put to their most effective use for the benefit of local biodiversity in the local area. Such data are also reviewed and quality assured using recognised taxonomic experts. Data provided into our custodianship remain the intellectual property of the original data provider.
  • Species data: The provision of records relating to a species or several species across the area we cover. This is one of the most used services be academics looking at species distributions or associations or by conservationists to help target investment and conservation effort.
  • Site Information: The provision of information in a similar format to the commercial 'standard report'. Including summary biodiversity information for a site or site and buffer (includes non-designated species). Most often used by local naturalists or by community groups for more information on a site of interest. This services also supports transparency during the planning and review process.
  • Spatial mapping: Technical service mapping species or habitats information. Generally of use to university students, researchers and conservation organisations who wish to explore data spatially or carry out spatial analysis. We can also host some spatial maps online.
  • Species Atlas mapping: The mapping of species data to consistent resolutions (usually 2km square) and production of maps for scientific or conservation publications (e.g. those of the Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society)
  • Technical support: The provision of I.T. support and advice to local naturalists and the public around their biological recording activities. This may include the use of personal or online databases and recording systems or the use of QGIS and other utilities and tools.