ERCCIS Structure


Formed in 2009, ALERC is an association between Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) in Great Britain.  The Association aims to provide a central voice for the views and concerns of the Records Centre community, whilst building a support-based network of knowledge and advice to meet the needs of its members.

What are LERCs?

Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) are not-for-profit organisations that collect, collate and manage information on the natural environment for a defined geographic area. LERCs support and collaborate with a network of experts to ensure information is robust, and make information products and services accessible to a range of audiences including decision-makers, the public, and researchers. 

Association Objectives

•             To promote and encourage the completion of a UK-wide network of Local Environmental Records Centres.

•             To promote and develop good standards of practice in the collation, management, dissemination and analysis of biological and geological records.

•             To promote Local Environmental Records Centres regionally, nationally and at a UK level to potential users and suppliers of data.

•             To provide full representation of the UK with country specific solutions and equal emphasis on the individual countries' requirements.

•             To develop and promote accreditation schemes for biodiversity and geodiversity records centres and their staff.

•             To encourage and facilitate networking between Centres to enable exchange of ideas, collaborative working, developing joint tools and sharing good practice.


ERCCIS became a nationally accredited record centre and member of ALERC in 2016. 


Advisory Board

The ERCCIS Advisory Board has been established as a key part of the management structure to ensure that ERCCIS operates and develops with an individual identity.

The Board meets quarterly and exists to advise on the best long term strategy for ERCCIS's operation and development. It is made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations and interests that use and provide the biological, geological and other environmental data hosted and analysed by ERCCIS. 

If your organisation would like to sit on the ERCCIS Advisory Board please contact the ERCCIS Manager who will pass your request to the Advisory Board Chairperson. 


ERCCIS Advisory Board Members

Cornwall CouncilEnvironment AgencyCWT

Exeter UniversityCiSFBR

Corresponding Advisory Board Members


National TrustNatural EnglandRoyal Cornwall MuseumSouth West Water