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Dumfries and Galloway
Environmental Resources Centre



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.
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