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Enhanced functions of a LRC

SURVEYS

 
1.       Strategic Surveys
The LRC manages or undertakes strategic sites, habitats and species surveys
2.      Public Surveys
The LRC engages in public involvement surveys
3.      Reactive Survey
The LRC offers a reactive survey service
 
DATA
4.      Species
The LRC holds or at least has access to copies of all available species data for its geographical area and strives to obtain valid and comprehensive data for as many species and taxon groups as possible
5.      Habitats and habitat change
The LRC works towards comprehensive land cover and habitat information for its geographic area and has a strategy for recording change.
6.      Detailed sites data
The LRC holds or has access to copies of all relevant detailed site surveys in support of sites of recognised importance
 
SYSTEMS
7.      GIS application
The LRC uses GIS to map habitats and to relate species records to habitat parcels and site boundaries.
 
VOLUNTARY RECORDING
 
8.      Building recording capacity
The LRC has a programme to improve recording and identification skills through training and to recruit new voluntary recorders
 
DATA ACCESS
 
9.      Enhancing data access
The LRC has a programme to improve access to and interpret its data to enhance understanding by the general public
10.   Educational materials
The LRC generates materials for educational purposes based on its data
 
DATA INTEGRATION
 
11.    Links to other heritage data
The LRC integrates and analyses biodiversity data with other forms of heritage data to enhance understanding by the general public
12.   Links to socio-economic data
The LRC integrates and analyses biodiversity data with externally supplied socio-economic data
13.   Wider environmental information
The LRC holds additional information relating to other environmental attributes such as land cover, land use, landscape, soils, geomorphology and Local Geological Sites.
 
INTERPRETATION AND EVALUATION
 
14.   Objective interpretation
The LRC leads on the development of objective criteria for interpretation of significance e.g. County Notable lists, Local Wildlife Site selection and applies these in interpreting data searches for users
15.   Site evaluation
The LRC evaluates raw data against criteria in support of selection of sites of defined status e.g. Local Wildlife Sites
16.   Gap Analysis
The LRC offers to users a commentary on survey coverage and analysis of information gaps
 
MONITORING
 
17.   Site monitoring
The LRC monitors Wildlife Sites or other sites of defined importance
18.   BAP Action Reporting
The LRC monitors and reports on the implementation of actions in relation to Biodiversity Action Plan targets
19.   BAP Outcome Reporting
The LRC monitors and reports on biodiversity outcomes in relation to Biodiversity Action Plan targets
20. Indicator monitoring
The LRC monitors sustainability, performance or biodiversity indicators on behalf of partner organisations
 
ENQUIRY SERVICE
 
21.   Wildlife Enquiry Service
The LRC runs a wildlife enquiry service for the public on behalf of partner organisations
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
22. Publications
The LRC offers support for publication or direct publication of distribution atlases and other relevant materials
 
THE GATEWAY
 
23. Full NBN Gateway integration
The LRC is fully integrated into the NBN Gateway and is able to participate as an internet linked node in the NBN
 
PROJECTS
 
24. Project management and support
The LRC has the capability of managing or supporting biodiversity information related projects at the request of its partners
 
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