About us

Comprehensive, accessible and reliable information on the species and habitats of the North East is essential to inform conservation of the natural environment for the future.

This data would not be available without the hard work and dedication of the people who share their records with us. A vast amount of ecological data is collected by voluntary recorders and naturalist groups in addition to the organisations who collect data as part of their normal business.

Thanks to this hard work, nature conservation in the region can be much better informed.

What does ERIC North East do?

ERIC North East works with wildlife recorders and groups to collate, manage and improve access to the biological records of the region. It is a resource that helps organisations and individuals to make decisions about the natural environment of the North East, and improves knowledge about the species and habitats that can be found there.

Who are we?

ERIC North East is managed by a partnership representative of a wide variety of stakeholders including wildlife recorders, statutory bodies, local authorities and wildlife trusts. It is operated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and is housed in the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our current funding partners are

  • The Environment Agency
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Northumberland National Park Authority 
  • Durham County Council
  • Gateshead Council
  • South Tyneside Council  
  • Sunderland City Council
  • North Pennines AONB
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust
  • Northumbrian Water

They provide annual funding to support the work of ERIC North East in return for our services 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more

Photo credit: northeastwildlife.co.uk

Visit our 'Recording Wildlife' page to find out how you can help. Plant, animal, common or rare - any record is useful!

Useful Documents

ERIC NE Business Plan 2015-2018
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ERIC North East & Local Authorities - working together for biodiversity in the North East
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ERIC North East Annual Report 2015 - 2016
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ERIC's area of coverage
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ERIC North East is the local environmental records centre for Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear and the Tees Valley.

Frequently Asked Questions
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