Our history


GCER's current data holdings and services are the result of over 25 years of history as a Local Environmental Records Centre.

A Gloucestershire biological records centre was established in 1990, as Gloucestershire Environmental Data Unit (GEDU). Originally set up by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, GEDU then transferred administration to Gloucestershire Wildlife Management, an independent, affiliated consultancy.

This situation continued until 2007, when GEDU became GCER, the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records. Basic administration was taken over by the Wildlife Trust once more; however, GCER's output retains a distinct style and identity.

picture of the previous record centre logo showing an atlas-style map of the county
The old GEDU logo showed an atlas-style map of the county
The new GCER logo, showing a barn owl with a computer mouse in its beak. His name is Piers. (The owl, not the mouse. The mouse's name is Algernon.)
The new GCER Owl logo was "hatched" in 2008

In April 2012 we moved from our longstanding headquarters at Church House, Standish (pictured in the background) to a new office at the Conservation Centre, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester - the headquarters of our host, Gloucestershire Wildife Trust.

By the beginning of 2016 our main database had over 1.7 million records of species sightings and digitised habitat map coverage for over half the county. We screen and report on scores of planning applications each week, and provide data services to a wide range of organisations, consultancies, naturalists and members of the public.

As a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC), GCER is part of a national network of LERCs. Click here for more about LERCs and the role they play in biodiversity conservation.

Past volunteers


Some of our GCER office volunteers have finished their task and moved on to other volunteering, some moved from the area, and many left to start a new job, having made a successful job application following their experience of working at GCER. We are most grateful to all of them for giving their time to help us.

(in no particular order! Hover or drag over the list to stop it scrolling)

Andrew Leach - Andrew spent many hours volunteering both for GWT and GCER, entering vast amounts of data into our original database. He doesn't count as a volunteer any more, though: he became a permanent member of staff and is now our Admin Officer!
Dora and Ernie Clarke - volunteered regularly at Church House to check incoming planning applications - and also spent many hours doing voluntary nature reserve monitoring for GWT. RIP Ernie.
Jim Benning - volunteered at Church House for years, painstakingly finding grid references for handwritten bird record cards - our current work on digitising these records couldn't happen without his efforts.
Rob Curtis - volunteered at a wide range of tasks at Church House and Robinswood Hill for several years - took over from Holly York as GCER's Biodiversity Information Officer in 2014.
Josh Baum - GIS (old and new habitat surveys) - also a stalwart of Stroud Wildlife Survey Group.
Alex Cornelius - GIS (old and new habitat surveys)
Charlotte Williams – historic bird records data entry
Helen Griffiths – historic bird records data entry
Georgia Marchington – GIS (old habitat survey) & historic bird records data entry
Rosemary Moxon – historic bird records data entry
Jill Gethin - entering historic bird records (Jill still volunteers for GWT, helping to keep the wildlife garden looking good!)
Peter Clifford-Smith - GIS, digitising historic habitat survey data
Patricia Sellam - GIS, digitising historic habitat survey
Chris Bell - historic bird records data entry
Chris Fenwick - entering historic bird records
Claire Piper - entering historic bird records
Mike Bailey - entering historic bird records
Victoria Watling - GIS, digitising habitat surveys, data entry
Helen Warren - GIS digitising of historic habitat survey
Jonathan Yardley - GIS (old habitat survey)
Stephanie Cosgrove - GIS (old and new habitat surveys)
Jacqueline Jobes – historic bird records data entry
Imogen - GIS (old habitat survey)
Ruth Crawford – historic bird records data entry
John Sanders – historic bird records data entry
Wil Carnet – historic bird records data entry
Paige Garrett – historic bird records data entry
Fiona Day – historic bird records data entry
Beryl Smith – historic bird records data entry
Molly Verry – historic bird records data entry
Graham Tenant – historic bird records data entry
Ellen Stahl – historic bird records data entry
Terry Wiltshire – historic bird records data entry
Sue Anderson – historic bird records data entry
Christine Adlem – historic bird records data entry
Georgia Marchington - GIS digitising (old habitat survey)
Robert Barber - entering historic bird records, scanning historic woodland surveys. Moved on to do a conservation Apprenticeship


Please let us know if we've missed anyone off the "roll of honour"!