The Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC)
is the local focal point for environmental information in Dumfries and Galloway.
Established in 2004, the Centre collates, manages and disseminates information
on the flora, fauna, habitats and other aspects of Dumfries and Galloway's natural environment. It manages a central
database of wildlife and habitat records which are available to to interested individuals, communities and organisations requiring
access to such information. The Centre also promotes and encourages biological recording in the region through its project
work and provides training in identification and wildlife recording.
The need for a local repository for environmental information was highlighted
in the development of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan. The initial development of the Centre was funded by a number of
sources, including Scottish Natural Heritage, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Landfill Tax Credits Scheme, Leader +, and the
Scottish Environment Protection Agency. The DGERC was officially launched by Mr Allan Wilson, former Deputy Minister for the
Environment and Rural Development, on Monday 13th September 2004 and is one of a network of local record centres (sometimes
known as biological records centres) around the UK.
The ongoing development of the DGERC and its services is funded through
Service Level Agreements with Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Council and range of projects undertaken
in partnership with other local organisations such as Solway Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Project
work has also been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Centre's office is located within the Solway
Heritage office on the Crichton.