This advice and the examples given will help you when using, referencing and acknowledging data or information that you use from the NBN Gateway in online news stories as well as TV or associated media.

Access to and use of material accessed through the Gateway is governed by the NBN Gateway Terms and Conditions

Using and referencing data from the NBN Gateway

1)  You must only publish the level of detail that a public user has to the records on the NBN Gateway. This is the level of detail you have without logging in to the site.  If (as a registered user) you are granted enhanced access to restricted information you must not disseminate, deliberately compromise or otherwise infringe the confidentiality of such information without first obtaining written permission from the relevant Data Contributor. This is in accordance with paragraph 2.5 of the NBN Gateway Terms and Conditions.

2)  You must acknowledge the relevant data contributors that are sharing their records with you through the NBN Gateway. In addition, where you make specific use of or reference to a particular wildlife record you must acknowledge the Original Recorder [where their name is made available].  This is in accordance with paragraph 2.4 of the Gateway Terms and Conditions.

You must also acknowledge the NBN Gateway as follows:

  • Information courtesy of the NBN Gateway

You must also use the copyright line beneath any map you are using:

  • “Crown copyright and database rights 2011 Ordnance Survey [100017955].”

3)  Any document or product that makes use of data from the NBN Gateway must contain a statement that the Data Contributor, Original Recorder [where identified], and the NBN Trust bear no responsibility for any further analysis or interpretation of that material, data and/or information.   This is in accordance with paragraph 2.8 of the Gateway Terms and Conditions

Referencing a map from the NBN Gateway in online features or stories

The NBN Gateway and all the data contributors must be acknowledged.  Acknowledgement of the data contributors can be done either by including the organisation’s name alongside the map or where the list is too long to list them all, it should be done by adding a hyperlink to the map being used which lists all of the data contributors and the datasets beneath it.

Underneath the map you must use the following copyright line:

  • “Crown copyright and database rights 2011 Ordnance Survey [100017955].”

Example 1 – where there is a very long list of data contributors, as shown beneath the map for Japanese Knotweed, you must use the following line:

  • Data courtesy of the NBN Gateway with thanks to all the data partners. The NBN and its data partners bear no responsibility for the further analysis or interpretation of this material, data and/or information.

Example 2 – where there are only a few data contributors, as shown beneath  the map for Red Slug, you must credit the relevant data contributors, which in this example would be:

  • Data courtesy of the NBN Gateway and provided by Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Sheffield Biological Records Centre, Staffordshire Ecological Record, South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre, Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre, Suffolk Biological Records Centre, Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre, Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre, The Wildlife Information Centre, Highland Biological Recording Group, Herefordshire Biological Records Centre and Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre.   The NBN and its data partners bear no responsibility for the further analysis or interpretation of this material, data and/or information.

If it is not possible to include a reference to the data contributors you must at least use:

  • Map produced through the NBN using data provided by contributing organisations

Referencing a map from the NBN Gateway in a TV news story

We recognise that it is difficult to make in depth acknowledgements in this form of media, so we give the following guidance.

Where a map will be on screen for a few seconds, please use the following:

  • From the National Biodiversity Network’s data partners

Where a map is used and there will be narrative/voiceover to accompany it, please use the following:

  • The map is courtesy of the National Biodiversity Network’s data partners

Unsure of what credit you should give?

If you are unsure about how to acknowledge the maps that you would like to use, please contact the NBN Secretariat.

Interpreting the data for your news story

Where your deadlines permit, we would be happy to ask our data partners to provide further interpretation of the maps and data you wish to use.  Please contact us if we can be of assistance.