Accessing Information

All data requests should be posted or emailed to the Merseyside BioBank Manager. The following provides guidance on what information are available and we will require from you prior to us undertaking the request. If you are unsure whether or not you request is within the area covered by this LERC then try this tool.

You should be familiar with our Charging Policy and Terms and Conditions before accepting our offer to undertake a data request.

 

What type of request are you making?

The majority of requests fall into the category of a 'standard request' to see that is included in a standard report please see this sample. In addition to the standard report we also carry out single species or species group reporting, local designated sites searches (including citations and maps), detailed habitats mapping and ad hoc records extractions for specialist studies or purposes. If you are unsure what type of request you would like to make then contact us.

 

Note that the vast majority of the information we hold, unless it has been provided via an alternate route, is available via the National Biodiversity Network gateway. Where the information is publicly visible, for non-commercial, use at 2km square resolution.

We manage four datasets on the NBN Gateway which split the record by verification status and basic source;

Merseyside BioBank (verified) - Contains all records we hold for North Merseyside which have been formally verified and have not been sent to us by members of MBAN.

Merseyside BioBank (unverified) - Contains all records we hold for North Merseyside which have not been formally verified and have not been sent to us by members of MBAN.

Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists (verified) - Contains all records we hold for North Merseyside which have been formally verified and have been sent to us by members of MBAN.

Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists (unverified) - Contains all records we hold for North Merseyside which have not been formally verified and have been sent to us by members of MBAN.

Non-commercial users can make improved access requests via the Gateway by logging in and setting the appropriate filters for their requests. Requests for improved access are considered on a case by case basis so please clearly state the reason for your request.

 

Where is the data request for?

For a typical site based request we require a six-figure grid reference (minimum), a location name (for checking purposes) and the distance from that grid reference within which we should search for records (the buffer distance) e.g. Fullwood Road, Liverpool, grid ref SJ373866, 1km buffer.

You may prefer to base your data search on the boundary of a site rather than a single central grid reference. To do this you must supply us with a clear map showing the boundaries of the search area as well as a central grid reference so that we can easily find it in our system and a location name (for checking purposes). You may also wish to stipulate a distance from the site boundary to include in the search.

Please be aware that creating a complex site boundary in our GIS system can be a long process and that you will be charged for the time it takes us to do this. Alternatively, you may supply us with the appropriate GIS layer yourself (either Mapinfo or Arc).

You may also request data for a district or parish or other type of area but it probably best that you contact us initially to ensure that we have the appropriate GIS boundary for your request.

 

The reason for your enquiry.

We need to be satisfied as to the bona-fide nature of the request before releasing any data. This also helps us determine if the enquiry is for commercial purposes. By letting us know the nature of your enquiry we can target our search and report to meet your specific needs.

 

How should we arrange payment?

Please provide a purchase order number and invoicing address – If your data request is for commercial purposes a charge will be applicable (please see our charging policy). Charges around data services and data service products are waived for non-commercial use, though a suitable purpose for the request must still be stated particularly where sensitive information is being accessed.