Derbyshire Biodiversity Network
Whilst there has long been an ambition to centralise biological recording in Derbyshire and the Peak District by creating a 'Derbyshire Biodiversity Network', there have never been sufficient resources available to make this a possibility.
A DBN Steering Group existed for several years with the aims of establishing a fully functioning Local Records Centre, or centres, which meets the National Biodiversity Network objectives. In 2003 Charles Copp, an independent consultant, was commissioned to produce a Development Plan for a Development Plan for a Derbyshire and Peak District Biodiversity Network and Local Records Centre.
It aimed to facilitate the bringing together of the various large datasets collated by organisations such as the Wildlife Trust, the Derbyshire Biological Records Centre, the Peak District National Park and the many specialist county groups such as the Derbyshire Ornithological Society, the Derbyshire Mammal Group and the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society. Those needing access to biodiversity data would then only have to go to one point of contact for that information, and the income generated for data provision would be shared between participating organisations, or other benefits provided in-kind to support them.
As at 2015 it remains unlikely that additional resources will ever be found to develop a 'one stop shop' for ecological data, but all county organisations continue to do their best to supply biological data to those who need access to it. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (which now runs the Derbyshire Biological Records Centre) is recommened as the first point of contact for those requiring data for commercial or non-commercial purposes in the county.