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Ecological Data Services

Ecological Data Services (EDS) provides information on species, habitats and locally protected sites across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire.


Telford & Wrekin Council provides species records on behalf of the Shropshire Ecological Data Network (SEDN) through our Ecological Data Services (EDS). SEDN is a virtual network of volunteer recorders who generate and validate ecological records collected across both Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire. SEDN currently holds over 700,000 species records.

If you’ve recorded a species in Telford and Wrekin that you’d like us to know about you can submit a species record by sending an email to biodiversity@telford.gov.uk.

Species data held by SEDN can be accessed free of charge by anyone through the NBN Gateway and the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

For those members of the public not wishing to access the data directly, TEDS can provide a data search report.

What we can provide:

  • free data search report for charities, researchers and students. These reports will be provided within 4 weeks of a request
  • commercial data reports within 10 working days of confirmation of payment, or 5 working days via our fast track system with an extra charge of £100 (including VAT)
  • data searches from a grid reference point, linear feature or site boundary.

Please note: We ask that clients requesting searches from a linear feature or site boundary provide a full ESRI Shapefile to us via email to teds@telford.gov.uk. If no full ESRI Shapefile is available then an additional charge of £50 (including VAT) is added to the standard rate to allow for officer time.

The table below outlines the search options we offer and their standard charges.
  1 Km 2 Km 5 Km
Option 1 – Priority and Protected Species and Local Wildlife Sites £115 + 20% VAT = £138 total  £150 + 20% VAT = £180 total  £220 + 20% VAT = £264 total 
Option 2 – Bird and Bat Species Search £75 + 20% VAT = £90 total  £115 + 20% VAT = £138 total  £150 + 20% VAT = £180 total 
Option 3 – Bespoke Search Email us at teds@telford.gov.uk to discuss bespoke searches.

Payment can be made on the Telford & Wrekin Council online payment system or by calling 01952 380380 and quoting ‘Ecological Data Services'.

Please note: a £25 admin fee will be added to the data search cost where payment via invoice is required, please pay by card where possible.

To request your data please fill in the data request form below:

Complete our data request form

On submission you will receive an automated response acknowledging your request.

Commercial request charges will be waivered where searches identify fewer than 20 species records and no Local Wildlife Sites within the buffer area.

If you have any questions about Ecological Data Services or wish to contact us about a bespoke search please email at teds@telford.gov.uk.

There are over 600 local wildlife sites across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. These sites are identified and monitored through the Shropshire Local Sites Partnership. The partnership is chaired by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and includes representatives from Telford & Wrekin Council, Shropshire Council, Natural England, The Environment Agency and The Forestry Commission.

Across Telford and Wrekin currently there are a further 17 local nature reserves and over 300 green guarantee sites.