Who we are and what we do
TWIC is the Local Environmental Records Centre for south-east & part of central Scotland that collects, collates and disseminates information
about the wildlife in our area.
The Centre is a not-for-profit company with charitable status and provides objective, independent wildlife information for people and organisations.
TWIC is a focal point for biological recording and is working to increase our knowledge of the terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife throughout our area. The Centre seeks to hold as comprehensive a
record of the wildlife of the area as possible. We have an assumption of open access to these data, unless there is evidence of potential for damage to wildlife resulting from their release.
TWIC provides a wide range of data services; we routinely supply data to local authorities for screening planning applications, to consultants for preparing environmental assessments and to
students, recorders and the public to inform coursework, recording efforts and general interest. For commercial requests, we charge an administrative fee to cover our costs in
processing the request and to contribute to our data collation work.
TWIC is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) and the National Biodiversity Network
(NBN). Records from our own projects and surveys, and those of other organisations and individuals who have given permission, are made available online via the NBN
Gateway and the NBN Atlas Scotland. We also
work with many National Recording Schemes and Societies and their vice-county recorders to share and verify records.
The ongoing development of TWIC and its services is funded by grant aid from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), service level agreements with
City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council,
Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council,
Live Borders Trust, Stirling Council and
West Lothian Council and income from contract work, projects, contributions from
Scottish Wildlife Trust and voluntary contributions.