Last reviewed: 16/05/2018
Greater Manchester Local Record Centre (GMLRC) provides gmwildlife.org.uk on a free to use basis to enable you to submit and report upon wildlife records, undertake ecological data searches, participate in structured wildlife surveys, book onto events, manage your mailing preferences and post articles and comments against selected site content.
To be considered valid all biological records must include the following information as a minimum:
- The actual name of any observers(s), sorry but we can't accept 'WildlifeWill72'
- The name of the species or taxa observed
- The location of the observation
- The date of the observation
- Any records you submit are your own records, or you have the permission of the record owner(s) to submit them according to these terms.
- You agree that your biological records can be made available for wider use as detailed below. If you do not want your records to be shared please do not submit them.
Your personal information and records will be held on a private database server administered by GMLRC. Unless you opt-in to receive information about news and events your contact details will only be used to contact you if there is a query about the verification of your records. GMLRC will never pass on your personal information, other than name as described above, to any third party without your explicit permission.
- The observers's name will be stored as part of any record you submit and may be shared with partner organisations and recording schemes.
- GMLRC will make biological records available to nominated experts, usually Vice County recorders, for verification. The only personal information made available to the appropriate verifier is the observer's name. If further information is required to verify a record GMLRC will contact you directly.
- By default GMLRC shares all biological records submitted via gmwildlife.org.uk with partners, including the ten Local Authorities of Greater Manchester, local conservation organisations and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN). The NBN is administered by the Biological Records Centre (BRC). The NBN make all records publicly available via the NBN Atlas website. As such GMLRC limits the precision of some of the records we share with the NBN. The only personal information shared with partners is the observers's name when there is a legitimate requirement for this level of detail. Observer names are never shared with the NBN due to the lack of access controls. Your contact details are never shared with partners, including the NBN. Those with a legitimate requirement for precise species locations and observer names are advised to contact us directly and there is a formal data request process in place to manage access to this data.
- Records for protected, priority and otherwise sensitive species are not always made publicly available to avoid the persecution or disturbance of vulnerable species. These records may be shared with ecological consultants and planning departments on a need to know basis. There is a formal ecological search process in place to control these records. We do not include the observer's name or contact information as part of these record sets.