Access to the Lincolnshire Bird Club Database
This note is provided for the benefit of non-members, who may not be aware that, thanks to the outstanding efforts of a small number of volunteers still ongoing all records submitted to the Club since 1998 are now held on a fully searchable database. Because of its very great commercial value, access to this database is controlled and a charge is made for any commercial use. However, records are provided free of charge to conservation bodies for conservation purposes and for private research or study by members. (LBC reserve the right to make a small administrative charge for supply of requests to non-members for research or study if very large volumes of data are requested, but in practice to date, these requests have also been met free of charge.
The existence of this service is regularly advertised to LBC members in LBN, and uses of the data are always reported at the AGM. The following invitation appeared in LBN Vol 28 No1 January 2006
Members Own Research
At long last the Club's bird records from 1998 to 2011 are on one computer and therefore readily available for any member who wishes to use them for their own project. The records for 2012 will be added in April next year, so if you have outstanding records for that year please submit them now.
Records for single or multiple species, for specific areas or between specific dates can all be easily extracted from the database and provided to the user as Excel or csv files or as hard copy.
If you have a project in mind and would like to make use of this valuable asset to which many of you are contributing please contact Janet Eastmead by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or telephone (01790 753834). You will need to complete a brief application form explaining how the data are to be used and agreeing to abide by the Club's terms and conditions.
The following note appeared in LBN Vol 29 No 3 June 2007, in the account of the AGM under Hon Secretary's Report :-
The Club computer database now holds 13 years records (i.e. from 1998 to the present) and, as well as being available to conservation bodies and developers, these data are equally available to members for their own research.
Categories of Use to Date
In total, 11 formal requests for data were received in 2009, and 19 in 2010. These 30 requests break down as follows:
1. 20 came from ecological consultancies representing developers working in Lincolnshire;
2. 4 came from LBC members for private research projects;
3. 3 came from students; and
4. 3 came from conservation organisations: one in each year from RSPB for farmland bird data for their national project and one from the
Biodiversity Partnership to assist with BAP.
In addition, data are supplied by the County Recorders to BBRC, RBBP, BOURC and other national bodies for national monitoring purposes.
Production of County Bird Reports
Finally, though by NO means least important, having put all available volunteer person-time into getting the records onto the database work has now started on the 2010 Annual Report. Members may be aware that SoBiL 2 covering 1996-2000 is being written and SoBiL 3 will follow straight on. The biggest single hold-up now is the non-availability of written descriptions and/or photographs of rare species for the years 2003 to 2007. Steve Keightley, who is working on the 2003 to 2007 Rare and Scarce report, has despatched requests for such confirmation of numerous sightings, and the most important contribution members and others can make to getting this report out faster is to provide this evidence please, as soon as you get your request.
June 2011 (updated Oct 2012)