Cardinal Beetle

Amy Lewis

Our data

CPERC holds information on specific areas that have been awarded some level of designation for their nature conservation interest (designated sites) as well as records of species that have been found across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (species records).

We are now also beginning to work with habitat data for sites (in designated and non-designated areas) and we also hold information on the locations of Local Geological Sites (LGS) in the area. This data is continually changing with new species and site records being added and occasionally sites being taken off. We recommend therefore that you have the most up to date information from CPERC to take into account during decision making.

Designated Sites

We hold information on the following sites

Statutory Sites: sites with statutory protection in law

International and/or European level designations

These sites are protected by the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

  • Ramsar sites
  • Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
  • Special Protected Areas (SPA)
  • UK level designations

    These sites are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

  • National Nature Reserves (NNR)
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
  • Non-Statutory Sites: sites without statutory protection designated at a local level, protected by local and national policy

  • County Wildlife Sites (CWS)
  • City Wildlife Sites (CiWS)
  • Protected Road Verges (PRV)
  • Local Geological Sites (LGS)
  • The information we can provide for non-statutory designated sites includes:

    County Wildlife Sites and Cambridge City Wildlife Sites

  • Site boundaries
  • Reasons for designation, the grid reference and area of the site
  • Full site descriptions, notable species found there
  • Species lists and records are available for some sites
  • Protected Road Verges

  • Site boundaries
  • Site detail including; name, code, grid ref, location details, brief description of habitat
  • Species lists and records are available for some sites
  • Species Data

    CPERC holds verified species data on:

  • European Protected Species, e.g. all bats, great crested newts, otters, dormice etc.
  • UK Protected Species, e.g. water voles, wild birds
  • Species of principle importance (UKBAP species covered under Section 41 of the NERC Act)
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Additional Species of Interest (CPASI)
  • While not comprehensive, our database is continually being added to and is kept current.

    CPERC also holds data on lots of other species, including:

  • Invasive species
  • Threatened plant species listed under the Vascular Plant Red List for England
  • Nationally notable, scarce or rare species and also common species found in our wider countryside.
  • Data Management

    As an accredited LERC we have policies in place to guide our work which follow best practice guidelines with regards to the management and use of data.

    • Please click here to view our data access and use policy.
    • Please click here to view our data management policy.

    For more information on the data we hold, please download our metadata documents.

    Please click here to view our full metadata for species datasets and here for our GIS datasets.