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Biological Record Centre

Contact the Biological Records Centre

Tel: 0141 276 9323

Glasgow Museums Biological Record Centre

Glasgow Museums play a vital role for biological recording in Scotland.

The Glasgow Museums Biological Record Centre is based in the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. It is a Local Environmental Records Centre (LERC). LERCs are not-for-profit organisations that collect and manage information on the natural environment for a defined geographic area.

The Glasgow Museums Biological Record Centre covers:

  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Inverclyde
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • parts of Argyll & Bute

The Biological Records Centre has been based in Glasgow Museums since the 1980s. We gather data about the natural environment, for example sightings of birds, moths, amphibians and plants. This data is sent to us from a range of groups, including societies and interested individuals. We also gather historic data from the Museums’ natural history collections. This helps make the ‘dead’ collections relevant to present-day nature conservation. We collate all this data and use it to provide reports on the natural environment for businesses, Local Authorities, recording groups and the public.