Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Licence Return Dataset
This dataset consists of former Countryside Council for Wales' (CCW) collation of licence return data for work carried out affecting various species across Wales. These species include, but are not limited to plants, amphibian and reptiles, badger, bat, otter and dormouse. The purpose of this data capture was to:
- add to the picture of species distributions in Wales
- collect relevant data in one place, and
- mobilise records which may not otherwise be available.
The dataset does not represent a systematic survey coverage of Wales, and is instead based upon ad hoc records collected from licence returns. Location of records is generally random, depending on the requirements of the licence holders.
Licences are generally issued for the purposes of survey, monitoring and research, or for building and other development work.
Records are provided by licence holders, who have very variable recording ability. The dataset has been subject to some basic validation to eradicate erroneous outlying records and inputting errors.
Licence return forms are completed by licence holders as a condition of receiving the licence. Licences are issued to organisations and individuals to permit activities which would otherwise be unlawful, such as deliberately collecting, and capturing or disturbing scheduled species.
Natural Resources Wales. ([Insert year of download]) Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Licence Return Dataset. Occurrence dataset accessed through the NBNAtlas
Data may be re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence providing it is done so, acknowledging both the source and NRW's copyright. It is the recipient's responsibility to ensure the data is fit for the intended purpose.
Attribution statement: Contains Natural Resources Wales information © Natural Resources Wales and Database Right. All rights Reserved.
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