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 £108 + 20% VAT = £129.60 total  £143 + 20% VAT = £171.60 total  £209 + 20% VAT = £250.80 total 
Option 2 – Bird and Bat Species Search £72 + 20% VAT = £86.40 total  £108 + 20% VAT = £129.60 total  £143 + 20% VAT = £171.60 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.

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 16 local nature reserves and 200 green guarantee sites.

Telford & Wrekin Council now holds a district level licence for great crested newts. You can apply to join the scheme or learn more about the innovative landscape scale approach the council is adopting to better conserve this threatened species.

Apply to join the strategic newt licencing scheme in Telford and Wrekin

Strategic Newt Licencing in Telford & Wrekin is an alternative to traditional mitigation licencing that aims to reform regulatory processes, accelerate the delivery of development and deliver a step change in nature conservation across the borough.

The scheme aims to be better coordinated, more efficient and better for newts, saving developers both time and money.

It is for the applicant and their ecological consultant to decide which licencing route to take. However, the specialist team at Telford & Wrekin Council are here to advise and support this process to ensure developers can make the most informed choice possible.

Complete our Strategic Newt Licence application form

If you would like to receive a paper application form please email teds@telford.gov.uk.

Guidance and resources

We have produced some useful guidance and a series of downloadable presentations that set clearly how the scheme operates.

  • Risk zone mapping
    If you wish to understand the risk zones around Telford & Wrekin please contact teds@telford.gov.uk.
  • Scheme documents
    Download our operational guidance for more information:
     
    • Telford and Wrekin Strategy
    • Telford and Wrekin fundamentals document.

Biodiversity Gain is a new approach to either delivering development or managing land. The aim of the approach is to leave the natural environment in a better state than before. Ecological Data Services can offer Biodiversity Metric calculations for some development schemes and site management plans.

Please contact us at teds@telford.gov.uk to discuss how we can help.