There are two main biological record centres on the island of Ireland: The National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR). Invasive Species Ireland is working with both record centres and sharing information on the distribution of invasive species. The National Invasive Species Database contains up to date records on the distribution of invasive species on the island of Ireland which can be viewed as interactive maps. If you have records of invasive species please submit them through the Alien Watch section of the website. For every additional record submitted to the National Invasive Species Database, a clearer picture of the status of that invasive species in Ireland is generated.
The National Invasive Species Database has been developed as a resource to assist recording, monitoring and surveillance programmes, and provides the infrastructure for development of an early warning system for invasive species.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is the national centre dedicated to the collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data and information on Ireland’s biological diversity. It serves as a hub for the exchange of data between governmental organisations, NGOs, research institutions and volunteer recorders.
CEDaR, Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, is the Local Records Centre for Northern Ireland, and facilitates the collection, collation, management and dissemination of biodiversity and geodiversity information for Northern Ireland and its coastal waters.
CEDaR is a partnership between National Museums Northern Ireland, and the recording community of Northern Ireland. Many individuals and groups within the recording community are members of the Environmental Recorder’s Group ‘ERG’. Those individuals and organisations who directly supply CEDaR with their records to store on its databases are known as satellite sites – there are more than twenty such sites.