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.
Rates set in May 2019 were frozen for all of 2020 and will have only a small rise in 2021/22 due to the current low inflation rates. Advanced consultancy rates have been introduced for new spatial analysis products in line with From April 2021, charges will be as follows:
Our minimum search fee for commercial data searches will be £122, covering the first hour. Many searches for 2km radius or less fall within this rate. More lengthy requests will be charged at £82 for each extra hour.
Standard commercial day rate for data collation, basic web content, conversion and provision: £365
Advanced commercial day rate for spatial analysis, ecological modelling, interactive web design and advanced report creation: £485
The £30 minimum administration fee is unchanged from last year.THESE RATES DO NOT INCLUDE VAT, WHICH IN MOST CASES WILL NEED TO BE ADDED.