The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)
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Requesting Data from TWIC


Data TWIC can supply

We can offer customers, both commercial and non-commercial the following types of data:

  • Species Data - All Species, Notable/Protected Species, Invasive Plants or specific species specified by the customer
  • Habitat Data - Phase 1 Habitats (Lothians, Borders and Clackmannanshire), Ancient Woodland Inventory, NVC or Integrated Habitat Networks (IHN)
  • National and International Designated Sites - SSSI's, SAC's, SPA's, RAMSAR's, NNR's, LNR's
  • Local Designated Sites - Local Biodiversity Sites (LBS's, Lothians and Borders only), SWT Wildlife Sites (East Lothian, Stirling and Falkirk only) and SINCs (City of Edinburgh only)

We can supply these as Excel Spreadsheets for species records or PDF's, ArcGIS Shapefiles and Google Earth KML files for all data types (including species records). If you require data in another format please get in touch and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Commercial Requests

TWIC supplies data to Ecological Consultants and Developers in order to support their work. If you are a commerical user of our data (i.e. you will be making some financial gain through the use of our data), we do charge an administrative fee in order to cover our costs in processing the request and to contribute to our data collation work. As of 01/04/2016 the costs for our data searches are £120 ex. VAT for the first hour of work and £50 ex. VAT for every half hour thereafter. Should a data request return a null result we will only charge £50 ex. VAT. Please note that this is not a charge for the data itself, we do not charge for data. Our typical turnaround time is 5 working days, however this may occasionally be longer should we have a high caseload or there are staff on leave/absent. You will be notified of the expected turnaround time.

If data is required faster than the turnaround time please let us know and we will endeavour to supply the data within this timeframe. Should data be required on very short notice however (i.e. within 2 working days) then an additional £50 ex. VAT fee will be charged as we will to have to reprioritise existing work. TWIC supplies a quote based on an estimate of how long the request will take to process. This is calculated by the size of the site, size of the buffer zone around the site that is required, and how many categories of data are requested. Sensitive species are included as standard for commercial requests, assuming that confidentiality is assured. TWIC will begin processing your request on acceptance of our quote and our terms and conditions for data supply as found on the data request form.


Non-Commercial Requests

TWIC supplies data to students, recorders and members of the public in order to inform coursework, recording efforts and general interest. As long as you do not make any financial profit from data supplied by TWIC, there is no administrative charge for data supply. Our typical turnaround time for non-commercial requests is 10 working days. Should data be required on a shorter notice than this, please contact TWIC to see if we can turn the data around faster. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do this. Sensitive species data for non-commercial requests have their grid reference and location data blurred according to SNH's Sensitive Species of Scotland recommendations. The recommendations can be found here. TWIC will begin processing your request on accpetance of our terms and conditions for data supply as found on the data request form.

Sample Data can be downloaded here.

To request data from TWIC please send the relevant data request form (found at the side of this page) to admin@wildlifeinformation.co.uk.


TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.