The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Broad Buckler Fern (Dryopteris dilatata)
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About Us

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 Atlas Scotland. We also work with many National Recording Schemes and Societies and their vice-county recorders to share and verify records.

Funding supporters

The ongoing development of TWIC and its services is funded by grant aid from NatureScot, service level agreements with City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council, Stirling Council and West Lothian Council and income from contract work, projects, contributions from Clacks Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust and voluntary contributions.

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.