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Staffordshire Ecological Record can supply a variety of information from its databases:
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Information Available

  • Dot maps for sites & species
  • Details of biological & geological sites
  • Habitat distribution data
  • Precise boundary maps
  • Species lists for sites and site lists for species


  • Protected species distribution data
  • Species of Principal Importance
  • Invasive Species
  • Phenology analysis
  • Customised analysis of data
  • Ecological interpretation by our experienced staff

Price List

The nature of supplying ecological information is a very difficult area to put fixed prices on, therefore SER supplies quotations on an individual enquiry basis, based on the following pricing structure.

SER does not charge for the data supplied, but does reserve the right to levy an administration charge for data searches and report production.

Commercial Enquiries

The charges for commercial enquiries are normally based on the time required to complete the report following the table below (all prices exclude VAT):

Category Price[1][2]
Minimum charge (30 mins) 60UKP
Up to 1 hour 100UKP
Each subsequent hour 50UKP
Day rate 300UKP
Standard Products  
1 Protected and BAP Species 60UKP
2 Nature Conservation Sites 60UKP
3 Protected and BAP Species and Nature Conservation Sites 100UKP
Citations for non-statutory sites (not charged if no sites found) 40UKP
Invasive Species 20UKP
Habitat Map 50UKP
Approaching adj. LERC for cross boundary information (West Mids LERCs only)[3] 45UKP
Priority turnaround within two working days (not charged if turnaround not within specified timescale) 50UKP

Standard Commercial 'Products' For the majority of enquiries, SER can supply the following information at standard prices, however, we reserve the right to quote different prices for non-standard enquiries or enquiries covering large areas (greater than 2km radius).

Option 1 (standard cost £60)

Species Search

  • A map showing the location of 100m precision records of UK & European protected species excluding badgers
  • Lists of UK/European protected species and UKBAP/NERC Priority Species in Excel® format, including badgers at reduced precision with a separate detailed list[4] of badgers for internal use only.

Specialized Species Searches:

1a - Bats only
1b - Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) only
1c - Invasive Species (as an addition to the main listings - £20)

Option 2 (standard cost £60)

Site Search

  • A map showing the location of the data search indicating the location of statutory sites, together with the location and extent of non-statutory nature conservation sites including:
    1. Statutory: Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserves (NNR), Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
    2. Non-statutory: Local Wildlife Sites[5] (LWS), Biodiversity Alert Sites (BAS), Local Geodiversity Sites[6] (LGS)
    3. Ancient Woodland Inventory sites (AWI)
  • A list of the sites shown on the map

Option 3 (standard cost £100)

A Combined Sites and Species Search

  • A combination of option 1 and option 2, Note: the sites and species maps will usually be combined as a single map

Option 4 (standard cost £100/140 depending on base option)

Citations for Non-statutory Sites

  • 4a - Base of option 2 plus citations for the non-statutory sites (£100)
  • 4b - Base of option 3 plus citations for the non-statutory sites (£140)

Option 5 (£45 supplement)

Cross-boundary Searches

  • If the client search area crosses the county boundary with one of the West Midlands' LERCs then we can offer to obtain the data from the adjacent LERC on the client's behalf
  • NOTE: This option is only available if the area in the adjacent county is less than 1km2

Neighbourhood Plans (Standard cost £150)

This is a special product specifically designed for the development of Neighbourhood or Parish Plans and consists of :

  • a standard 'Option 3' search
    • A list of protected and BAP/Priority species
    • A list of statutory and non-statutory nature conservation sites
    • maps of the above lists
  • A full list of species records from the master SER database
  • A phase 1 habitat map of the area (dependant on the existing known habitat coverage)
  • free subsequent follow-up queries on the above data
  • Other products can be supplied but may incur additional charges

This is only available to bona fide Parish Councils and recognised Neighbourhood Groups - please contact the SER Office directly to discuss requirements

Free Enquiries

Under normal circumstances enquiries from 'not-for-profit' bodies are supplied free of charge, providing the enquiry does not incur an excessive amount of SER staff time, in these cases an administration charge may be applied. This includes

  • General Public
  • Educational Bodies & Students
  • Nature Conservation Societies & Groups

Providing the allotment of SER time has not been exceeded, the funding partners in SER have a free enquiry service in addition to the downloads supplied from the SER databases. This also includes contractors working on behalf of the partner organisation, unless waived by the partner.

Additional Information

  1. All quoted prices are excluding VAT at the current rate
  2. The cost will be reduced by 40% of the original quotation if no data is found in the search
  3. This is only available where the area in the adjacent LERC is less than 1km²
  4. This detailed list is only supplied to bona fide ecological consultants
  5. In Staffordshire Local Wildlife sites are often termed Sites of Biological Importance (SBI).
  6. Local Geodiversity Sites were previously known as Regionally Important Geological/geomorphological Sites (RIGS) and may still be referenced as this in some documents.
  For further information contact info@staffs-ecology.org.uk

Created by SER © 2018 The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford. ST17 0WT Last updated 29/04/2015 
Operated by: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council