Biological Records Data Holdings

ERCCIS own, collates and manages a huge amount of data relating to the natural environment of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and as of the start of 2016 ERCCIS manages over 5,750,000 biological records.

ERCCIS owns or hosts nine databases with all the data available for release being brought together via the ERCCIS Wildlife Information Service Reports.  There are three main types of biological data holdings at ERCCIS; those that we directly own or manage (for example records held in the Recorder6 or the ORKS databases); those that we host (for example datasets owned by a biological recording schemes or society, like the Cornwall Mammal Group datasets) and those datasets that we have internal access to via a data exchange or data use agreements (for example the mycology societies dataset). 

Due to the complexity of the surveys and biological records datasets hosted at ERCCIS it is not feasible to list all of the datasets we host.  To help biological recorders get an overview of the available information, please see the table demonstrating the spatial and temporal resolution of our biological data holding by species group.  Also, you can view the distribution of the top 10 species groups (by number of biological records) which are: Flowering Plants; Birds; Moths; Butterflies; Mosses; Ferns; Fungi; Diptera; Molluscs and Terrestrial Mammals.

If you require more information on the biological records held at ERCCIS please contact the Data Manager or the Data Officer.

Species Group

Number of Biological Records

Temporal Resolution

Spatial Resolution

  Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Isles of Scilly Only Year of First Record Year of Last Record Location of Records
acarine (Acari) 3909 224 1871 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
acorn worm (Hemichordata) 22 7 1889 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
alga 55621 12515 1802 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
amphibian 6458 12 1832 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
annelid 26755 4324 1844 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
arrow worm (Chaetognatha) 24 0 1906 2013 Cornwall
bacterium 341 2 1849 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
bird 1645492 27606 1800 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
bony fish (Actinopterygii) 35344 2327 1758 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
bryozoan 8158 2535 1844 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
cartilagenous fish (Chondrichthyes) 10881 161 1813 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
centipede 1344 228 1848 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
chromist 25980 5560 1820 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
clubmoss 350 26 1803 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
coelenterate (=cnidarian) 23013 7287 1831 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
comb jelly (Ctenophora) 43 10 1899 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
conifer 4323 293 1834 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
crustacean 36460 4953 1835 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
diatom 1174 15 1882 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
echinoderm 10253 3592 1845 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
entoproct 49 5 1849 2011 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
false scorpion (Pseudoscorpiones) 193 25 1845 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
fern 111842 5089 1820 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
flatworm (Turbellaria) 2569 189 1845 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
flowering plant 1816696 94807 1800 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
foraminiferan 1535 44 1890 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
fungus 110376 773 1801 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
gastrotrich 96 95 1988 2011 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
ginkgo 17 0 1950 2015 Cornwall
hairworm (Nematomorpha) 13 0 1984 2014 Cornwall
harvestman (Opiliones) 1023 30 1852 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
hornwort 929 83 1841 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
horseshoe worm (Phoronida) 118 15 1904 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
horsetail 4643 14 1856 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - alderfly (Megaloptera) 198 0 1980 2014 Cornwall
insect - beetle (Coleoptera) 41114 1236 1836 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - booklouse (Psocoptera) 668 0 1890 2015 Cornwall
insect - bristletail (Archaeognatha) 229 5 1906 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - butterfly 226833 4425 1826 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - caddis fly (Trichoptera) 18683 2 1878 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - cockroach (Dictyoptera) 295 31 1866 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - dragonfly (Odonata) 58278 394 1851 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - earwig (Dermaptera) 960 101 1871 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - flea (Siphonaptera) 481 19 1900 2009 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - hymenopteran 38225 2687 1835 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - lacewing (Neuroptera) 257 10 1878 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - louse (Phthiraptera) 63 5 1940 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - mayfly (Ephemeroptera) 7457 1 1871 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - moth 694246 19697 1840 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - orthopteran 8272 349 1840 2015 Cornwall
insect - scorpion fly (Mecoptera) 136 0 1972 2015 Cornwall
insect - silverfish (Thysanura) 18 0 1961 2014 Cornwall
insect - snakefly (Raphidioptera) 2 0 1906 1989 Cornwall
insect - stick insect (Phasmida) 1085 155 1915 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - stonefly (Plecoptera) 6944 0 1906 2015 Cornwall
insect - stylops (Strepsiptera) 2 0 1970 2013 Cornwall
insect - thrips (Thysanoptera) 9 0 1981 2010 Cornwall
insect - true bug (Hemiptera) 19092 225 1851 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
insect - true fly (Diptera) 83446 3186 1801 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
jawless fish (Agnatha) 785 1 1848 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
lampshell (Brachiopoda) 9 1 1888 2007 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
lancelet (Cephalochordata) 53 39 1831 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
lichen 46747 2013 1820 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
liverwort 49132 2281 1839 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
marine mammal 32204 951 1781 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
millipede 2568 123 1841 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
mollusc 72386 9916 1801 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
moss 199593 8201 1821 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
peanut worm (Sipuncula) 104 21 1849 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
protozoan 392 204 1906 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
quillwort 476 0 1919 2014 Cornwall
reptile 5158 55 1800 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
ribbon worm (Nemertinea) 628 86 1852 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
rotifer 310 6 1903 2012 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
roundworm (Nematoda) 1146 606 1871 2014 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
sea spider (Pycnogonida) 384 131 1851 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
slime mould 1351 13 1852 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
spider (Araneae) 12823 894 1852 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
sponge (Porifera) 11683 4191 1849 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
spoon worm (Echiura) 45 0 1849 2013 Cornwall
springtail (Collembola) 662 46 1841 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
stonewort 513 3 1805 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
symphylan 14 1 1940 1970 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
tapeworm (Cestoda) 3 0 1946 1980 Cornwall
terrestrial mammal 65272 510 1800 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
trematode 21 18 1932 1983 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
tunicate (Urochordata) 6867 1878 1846 2015 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
two-tailed bristletail (Diplura) 10 0 1915 1965 Cornwall
waterbear (Tardigrada) 25 7 1976 2013 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly