The Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East works closely with wildlife recording groups and individuals to collate as much information as possible on important species, habitats and sites in the region. This data is used to inform those working in wildlife conservation, planning and the voluntary recording community when they make decisions about the environment. ERIC North East works with hard-working recorders, sourcing data which is not easily accessible and helping to digitise data to make it useable. It also aims to encourage more people to get involved with wildlife recording by raising awareness of local and regional voluntary recording groups.
ERIC North East evolved from the Exploring Your Environment (EYE) Project and is hosted in the Great North Museum: Hancock. It is governed by an independent Board, made up of a range of stakeholders including the voluntary recording community. ERIC North East manages a recording portal website which is designed to allow the public to record their wildlife sightings across the region.