Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre (BMERC) collects, collates and manages environmental information and provides it to others to inform responsible decision-making in planning, development and wildlife conservation.
BMERC gathers data from a network of volunteer recorders and professional surveyors and consultants in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
BMERC is a not-for-profit organisation, hosted by Buckinghamshire County Council. Our funding partners include the Buckinghamshire District Councils, Milton Keynes Council and the Environment Agency. We also work closely with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).
We work within a wider Environment Team, along with the County Archaeological Service which manages the Historic Environment Record (HER) and county related archaeology matters.
BMERC is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC).
What do we do?
We provide environmental information to commercial and non-commercial clients via data searches. Our clients include ecological consultants, utility companies, parish councils, local people, conservation bodies, land-owners, students and many others. Please see the Data Searches page for more information.
We provide our funding partners with regularly updated species and sites information, and undertake surveys of local wildlife sites.
What data do we have?
We hold over 2.5 million wildlife records of flora and fauna in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes plus information about local sites such as Local Wildlife Sites and Local Geological Sites, Milton Keynes Wildlife Corridors and Road Verge Nature Reserves. We also hold data on NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance and other important conservation areas such as Biodiversity Opportunity Areas. If you want data outside our area, use the ALERC Find your LERC page.
We collect this data from skilled volunteer recorders, the general public, professionals working for wildlife charities (BBOWT and RSPB), professionals working for government agencies (the Environment Agency and local authorities) and ecological consultants.
BMERC staff are Julia Carey, Claudia Bernardini, Fiona Everingham, Rhiannon Flemming, Neil Fletcher and Emma Foster.