Products and Services

Merseyside Biobank offers a number of services and products to commercial consultants, developers, researchers and the public. A charge is made for these products and services to help cover the ongoing running and development of the regions biodiversity evidence base and support we provide to the local biological recording community.

We offer a number of products for commercial users. These products have been designed in partnership with data providers, the planning authorities and with input from users to ensure that you recieve all the information we hold that is pertinent to your work and so you have access to the same information against which your work (e.g. planning application) will be reviewed.

Note that all products are provided with a 'MBB ref' which we encourage be used to cite your access request. Reports we provide are designed with the view that they should be submitted with any application, so encouraging transparency throughout the review process.

The full charging process and available products can be found in the Merseyside EAS charging policy and fees

Please select a product then contact us with your site information and product of choice for a formal quote.

Results are typically provided within five working days from receipt of the information requested in the formal quote (purchase order number and invoice address). Note that we will not proceed untill after providing the formal quote to you then having received a written (email) response stating that the quote and terms have been accepted.

Large and non-standard requests are dealt with on a case by case basis. If you feel that none of the existing products meet the needs of your project please contact us to discuss.

 

Products and Indicative* Fees

Standard data product fee is £175 (excl VAT) - this includes:

  • A standard report of all designated areas and species within the search area to 2000 metres from a user defined point;
  • Priority Habitat coverage;
  • Detailed Phase 1 and NVC information where available to 500m;
  • The provision of Local Site citations where available to 2000m; and
  • Liverpool Ecological Network elements of Core Biodiversity Area,
    • Stepping Stones, Habitat Linkages, Nature Improvement Area Focus Area Profiles in the form of GIS attributed layers within the search area to 2000 metres.


Single householder application is £125 (excl VAT) - for single property developments or modificaitons (including extensions) this includes:

  • A standard report of all designated areas and species within the search area to 1000 metres from a user defined point;
  • Priority Habitat coverage;
  • Detailed Phase 1 and NVC information where available to 200m;
  • The provision of Local Site citations where available to 2000m; and
  • Liverpool Ecological Network elements of Core Biodiversity Area,
  • Stepping Stones, Habitat Linkages, Nature Improvement Area Focus Area Profiles in the form of GIS attributed layers within the search area to 1000 metres.


Reduced data product fee of £90 (excl VAT) may be applied for searches that only
require records for certain restricted taxonomic groups (e.g. Bats) with a search radius of 2000
metres or less.

Examples of data requests that may increase the product fee are:

  • A request for information which is not provided as part of our 'standarddata product' service. See below for additional service rates.
  • A request that effectively includes more than one search area. For example requesting searches on a site at both 500 metre and 1000 metre buffers will be treated by Merseyside BioBank as two separate products for the purposes of quoting a price and servicing the requests.
  • A request for a search around a complicated boundary which is not supplied to us in either MapInfo .TAB or ESRI Shapefiles and which, therefore, we have to digitise.
  • A request for a search around a boundary encompassing a large area to be agreed with the requester prior to work being undertaken.

Overlapping Data Product Requests - Instances of data requests where a Search Area falls outside the boundary covered by Merseyside BioBank may, at the discretion of Merseyside BioBank staff, be reduced in cost. Charges will be reduced to be proportionate with the area omitted from the search but will not be less than £70 (excl VAT).


Additional Service Rates and Non-Standard Products
Merseyside BioBank is able to provide other bespoke and unique data services and products beyond the scope of our standard products. An indication of these products and services are outlined below. Please contact Merseyside BioBank (0151 737 4156 or Info@MerseysideBioBank.org.uk) to detail your requirements and for a quote:

 

  • Data Mapping (Imagery), £50 (excl VAT) - Mapping of species or habitat data and the provision of that information in the form of an image file;
  • Data Mapping (GIS), £70 (excl VAT) - Mapping of species or habitats data in the form of GIS attributed layers;
  • Service Level Agreements, £5,000 (excl VAT) - Annual rate covering bespoke/strategic level service provision and data access;
  • Liverpool City Region Ecological Network-only data product services are charged at £100 (excl VAT) for commercial users;
  • Non-Standard Products – please contact Merseyside BioBank for more complex requests and/or larger areas. For these non-standard products we will agree the charges with you on a case by case basis.

North Merseyside Local Wildlife Sites

North Merseyside Local Wildlife Sites searches and information, up to 2000m from a site, can be provided to commercial users free of charge on the behalf of the local sites partnership.

 

*This page is intended as a guide. Fees may be subject to change. A formal quote will always be provided and agreed before any work is carried out.