The Wildlife Information Centre

Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Red Campion (Silene dioica)
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Requesting Biological Data from TWIC

Data TWIC can supply

We can offer customers, both commercial and non-commercial the following types of data:

  • Species Data - All Species, Notable/Protected Species, Invasive Plants or specific species specified by the customer
  • Habitat Data - Phase 1 Habitats (Lothians, Borders and Clackmannanshire), Phase 1 Target Notes (Lothians only), Ancient Woodland Inventory, NVC, Habitat Map of Scotland, Integrated Habitat Networks (IHN)
  • National and International Designated Sites - SSSI's, SAC's, SPA's, RAMSAR's, NNR's, LNR's (excluding Scottish Borders)
  • Local Designated Sites - Local Biodiversity Sites (Excluding Falkirk and East Lothian), SWT Wildlife Sites (Only for Clacks, East Lothian, Falkirk and Stirling) and SINCs (City of Edinburgh only)

We can supply these as Excel Spreadsheets for species records or PDF's, ArcGIS Shapefiles and Google Earth KML files for all data types (including species records). If you require data in another format please get in touch and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Commercial Requests

TWIC supplies data to Ecological Consultants and Developers in order to support their work. If you are a commercial user of our data we do charge an administrative fee in order to cover our costs in processing the request and to contribute to our data collation work.

For further guidance on the definition of "Commercial" or "Non-Commercial" please consult this page: Guidance on the Definition of Non-Commercial Use.

As of 01/04/2020 prices for our data searches start from £133 ex. VAT for the first hour of work, a further £61 ex. VAT is charged for every half hour thereafter.

Please note that this is not a charge for the data itself, but for the amount of time spent working on the request.

Our typical turnaround time is 5 working days, however this may occasionally be longer should we have a high caseload or there are staff on leave/absent. You will be notified of the expected turnaround time.

If data is required faster than the turnaround time please let us know and we will endeavour to supply the data within this timeframe. Should data be required on very short notice however (i.e. within 2 working days) then an additional £61 ex. VAT fee will be charged as we will to have to reprioritise existing work. TWIC supplies a quote based on an estimate of how long the request will take to process. This is calculated by the size of the site, size of the buffer zone around the site that is required, and how many categories of data are requested. Sensitive species are included as standard for commercial requests, assuming that confidentiality is assured. TWIC will begin processing your request on acceptance of our quote and our terms and conditions for data supply as found on the data request form.

Large data provision projects (those taking 8 hours or more) will be charged at £82 ex. VAT for each hour of work. The late payment fee for invoices not paid within 30 days of issue will be £61 ex. VAT. (issued at TWIC’s discretion).

Non-Commercial Requests

TWIC supplies data to students, recorders and members of the public in order to inform coursework, recording efforts and general interest. As long as you do not make any financial profit from data supplied by TWIC, there is no administrative charge for data supply. Our typical turnaround time for non-commercial requests is 10 working days. Should data be required on a shorter notice than this, please contact TWIC to see if we can turn the data around faster. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do this. Sensitive species data for non-commercial requests have their grid reference and location data blurred according to SNH's Sensitive Species of Scotland recommendations. The recommendations can be found here. TWIC will begin processing your request on acceptance of our terms and conditions for data supply as found on the data request form.

Sample Data can be downloaded here.

To request data from TWIC please send the relevant data request form (found at the side of this page "Data Request Form - Commercial" or "Data Request Form - Non-Commercial") to

TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.