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Leicestershire and Rutland Environment Records Centre (LRERC)

You can search the Leicestershire and Rutland Environment Records Centre for ecology information - the main county archive.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Environment Records Centre (LRERC) provides biodiversity advice to the planning services at:

  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Blaby District Council
  • Harborough District Council
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
  • Melton Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Applicants needing planning permission for a development in these areas may need to provide biodiversity survey information up-front with their planning application.

Search for biodiversity data

You can request and download data through an on-line form, giving access to  an interactive map that allows you to filter and display the records over maps or aerial photos.   This speeds up our response time to you. 

Request a data search

Charging and data use policy   Opens new window

Contacts for enquiries

For enquiries about wildlife records and data-searches, email lrerc@leics.gov.uk

For enquiries about planning and wildlife issues, email planningecology@leics.gov.uk

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Guidance documents

Guidelines for the selection of local wildlife site   Opens new window

The local Biodiversity Action Plan ‘Space for Wildlife’ has now been revised and covers the period 2016 to 2026

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Biodiversity Action Plan (part 1)  Opens new windLocal validation criteria: biodiversity   Opens new window

Bat protocol    Opens new window

Great Crested Newt Survey protocol   Opens new window

Bats and Lighting   Opens new window

Habitat Survey protocol   Opens new window

Invertebrate Surveys   Opens new window

Bird Surveys   Opens new window

Bird Boxes   Opens new window

Swifts - advice to planners and developers  

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Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Biodiversity Action Plan (part 2 Appendix 1)   Opens new window

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Biodiversity Action Plan (part 3 Appendix 2)   Opens new window

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