It is celebrating accreditation by the Association of Local Record Centres and is set to become a role model for other record centres in the country.
LERC is one of the first to be accredited in Britain having taken part in a pilot project to improve data collation throughout the country. Funded by Natural England, this pilot project will be rolled out to the rest of the country.
LERC gathers and holds valuable information about the county's wildlife, habitats and designated wildlife and geological sites. Its database currently holds over 1 million records of plants and animals.
Charlie Barnes of LERC said "Data from LERC is used in everything from planning applications to personal research, achieving accreditation is brilliant as we are able to demonstrate to everyone that our service has been externally graded and passed."
This external accreditation of quality ensures that customers can be even more confident that the service provided is of the highest standard, and data providers can be sure their data is appropriately stored and used.
Accreditation also recognizes the huge amount of work put into LERC by staff and volunteers since its formal establishment in 2006; it is an excellent accomplishment for such a young operation.
Record Centres have to meet at least 16 criteria out of the 20 set out by the accreditation system, whilst showing a continuing commitment to fulfil the remainder. Of the 16 criteria met 10 are compulsory. These criteria include: working with wide range of partner organisations such as local authorities, statutory agencies and non-governmental organisations; and holding data on the diversity of wildlife that exists in the county from birds and butterflies to beetles and bryophytes.
Press release issued by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership.