Each year GCER produces hundreds of data search reports for ecological consultancies and other commercial data users. We can provide:
We find that most searches fit within a one- or two-hour rate. See below for a rough guide to how much a search is likely to cost.
Complete a data request form and send it to us for a quick quote for any of our data services. The green button at the top of this page opens a standard online form, but you can also click here for alternative formats.
Like the majority of LERCs, GCER charges for commercial data searches. Government funding for LERCs has reduced in recent years and we do not get any grant aid. Commercial data searches are therefore an important element of our income, enabling us to continue to operate and offer the benefits of having a central point for collating, validating and providing biological data. We aim to keep our standard commercial searches as quick and cheap as possible whilst ensuring that records are clearly-presented, well-validated and as comprehensive as data sources permit.
Data searches for ecological consultants are prioritised above other work. We aim to respond to all requests within 48 hours and complete all searches within 10 working days (the average is 5 days). As these are already prioritised we don't have a "fast track" option - effectively they're all fast-tracked as far as is possible. However, we try to order our work according to the urgency of the request, so if you need something extra quickly it is worth asking if it can be given the highest priority.
We charge for time spent on GCER services; the actual data is not chargeable as such. Thus, a complicated search resulting in thousands of records may cost only twice what a complicated search resulting in hundreds of records costs, as the overall search effort is similar and only the subsequent processing and interpretation of the records takes longer.
From 1st May 2019 our charges will increase in line with rising costs and decreasing income from national and local government. We will however always try to provide good value for our searches, and we're currently working on ways of streamlining the data request process. Our minimum search fee for commercial data searches will be £120, covering the first hour. Many searches for 2km radius or less fall within this rate. More lengthy requests will be charged at £80 for each extra hour. These might include wider or more complicated search areas, searches in areas of especially high biodiversity, mixed or complex searches, and requests involving extra interpretation, GIS layers or maps.
The day rate for projects, multiple searches, extra interpretation work or other longer tasks will remain at £360, and the lowest rate - for small, administrative, 'add-on' or similarly less time-consuming tasks - will remain at £30.THESE RATES DO NOT INCLUDE VAT, WHICH IN MOST CASES WILL NEED TO BE ADDED.