GiGL offers a ‘one-stop shop’ data search service for those seeking comprehensive biodiversity and open space information for a specific area of Greater London. Our standard format is a desktop environmental data report delivered as a pdf document. The data search service is delivered in partnership with eCountability.
eCountability is a specialist consulting and digital application company providing advice, data and solutions for those seeking to manage biodiversity-related risks and opportunities. We enable access to the best available information and the expertise and support needed to interpret and apply it.
eCountability is partnering with GiGL to offer a new service in Greater London to assist clients with managing biodiversity impacts and developing mitigation strategies, including biodiversity offsets if needed. eCountability is grateful for support from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, to develop the data management tools needed to underpin this service through a feasibility study in partnership with the construction industry and leading UK research organisations (Forest Research, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres).
eCountability’s tools and services provide the following key features:
• Identification of site-specific biodiversity-related information to support the planning, development and site maintenance processes;
• Visualisation and presentation of information in easily accessible reports;
• Rapid delivery of reports based on templates.
Consultants are recorders too!
GiGL’s work would not be possible without the many recorders in London. This includes consultants who often collect data during numerous field visits. We’d love for you to share those records with us.
For more information about sharing records, please see this section which addresses concerns about data ownership, what happens to your data and the life cycle of GiGL data.
Read more about how one London borough is encouraging consultants to share data.
The National Biodiversity Network, the organisation that works to make all biological records freely and easily available to everyone, has guidance for environmental consultants.
Some of the GiGL partnership’s species data are made available at a low resolution via the National Biodiversity Network’s Gateway which has its own terms and conditions of use, but our data search reports are the only way to access GiGL data at a high enough resolution to determine if they fall within a site search area. The NBN Gateway will be closing as the NBN Trust launch the NBN Atlas on 1st April 2017. This platform will also have its own terms and conditions of use.