The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Blaeberry of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
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About Us

Who we are and what we do

TWIC is the Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC) for south-east & part of central Scotland that collects, collates and disseminates information on species, habitats and wildlife sites in our area.

TWIC is a not-for-profit company and Scottish Charity and provides objective, independent wildlife information for people and organisations. Some details about TWIC and how it is governed can be found on the websites of Companies House and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. On the left hand side of the page you will find a link to the governing Articles of TWIC.

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. TWIC seeks to hold as comprehensive a record of the wildlife of the area as possible. We follow NatureScot's Sensitive Species of Scotland recommendations on the release of sensitive wildlife information to the public.

TWIC provides a wide range of data services; we routinely supply data to local authorities for screening planning applications, to consultants for preparing ecology reports, to forestry agents to support grant applications and to students, recorders and the public to inform coursework, scientific research, 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 management work. For more information visit our Data Requests page.

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, West Lothian Council and Borders Forest Trust income from contract work, projects, contributions from Clackmannanshire Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust and voluntary contributions.

Find out how you can support our work, for example through membership here.

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