Ecological Data Services

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

 

EDS provides species records on behalf of the Shropshire Ecological Data Network (SEDN). 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.

Submit a species record

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Species data held by SEDN can be accessed free of charge through the NBN Gateway and the Shropshire Ecological Data Network. For those members of the public not wishing to access the data directly, EDS can provide a data search report.

Access to the data is free to all members of the public including charities, students, researchers and anyone is able to request an appointment with us to view the data we hold.

Commercial requests will be subject to a charge based on an hourly rate to cover the costs of processing the data and preparing the report.

To request data on the distribution of species and local wildlife sites across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire please complete the data request form.

Complete our data request form

On submission, us you will receive an automated response acknowledging your request. We will then contact you within 5 working days allocating you with your data search number. We’ll use this unique number to process your request.

If your request is free, we will aim to provide this data within four weeks of assigning you a data search number. Alternatively anyone is able to request an appointment with us to view the data we hold.

For commercial requests, once payment is made, you will receive a copy of your data report within 10 working days. Charges are listed on the form. Payment can be made on our online payment system.

If you wish to fast track your request over the standard 10 day service, you can request an express service for an increased fee. Our express service is subject to capacity and we will inform you if this service is available upon request.

Commercial charges will be waivered where searches identify fewer than five species records and no local wildlife sites within the search area.

If you have any questions about our ecological data services please drop us an email at eds@telford.gov.uk.

There are over 600 local wildlife sites across Telford and 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 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 eds@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
    We will make this available for you to view very soon.
     
  • Scheme documents
    Natural England will be publishing two documents relating to scheme design in Telford and Wrekin, these documents will be made available soon. Download our operational guidance for more information:
     
    • Telford and Wrekin Strategy
    • Telford and Wrekin fundamentals document.
       
  • Presentations
    We are producing a series of short presentations to explain clearly how the scheme operates. We will make these available for you to view very soon.

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 2.0 Metric calculations for development schemes and site management plans. Please contact us at eds@telford.gov.uk to discuss how we can help.