Privacy Notice

Version 1; last updated 14/02/2019

Thank you for your interest in the app and for your help in providing data on ladybirds. This privacy notice sets out the basis on which we will process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us.

1. Who we are

The European Ladybird Survey aims to encourage the recording of ladybirds across Europe.   The European Ladybird Survey website and mobile application use the iRecord ( system for sharing wildlife observations.  iRecord is run and funded by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) within the work programme of the Biological Records Centre (BRC).

• CEH is a wholly owned research centre of the Natural Environment Research Council, now part of UK Research and Innovation.
• BRC, established in 1964, is a national focus in the UK for the capture, quality assurance, synthesis and analysis of wildlife sightings.

iRecord also benefits greatly from a number of expert volunteers who review records submitted.

CEH is the controller for all processing of personal data for the purposes of iRecord.


2. Why are we collecting your information?

The European Ladybird Survey website and mobile application are being run by Biological Records Centre (BRC), within the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).


CEH is collecting your personal data in order to administer, run and share results of The European Ladybird Survey. When you submit records to the European Ladybird Survey, your name will be included alongside the survey information (including location and time of record) to form the ‘biological record’. You may be contacted with queries about the records you provide for the purpose of validating and verifying the survey data.  We are also collecting your personal data to provide you with information and feedback on iRecord and the European Ladybird Survey, and to direct you towards external resources that are relevant to your contribution to iRecord or the European Ladybird Survey.

We will collect the following personal data about you:
• Name (as a recorder or as a verifier)
• Email address
• Location and date of any biological records you submit

In data protection terms we are using the ‘legal basis’ of ‘public task’ for collecting, processing and sharing your personal data.

In addition to the information we ask you to provide through the website, we also collect information automatically about visits to the site using Google Analytics and in our server logs. This does not include any personal data but does include
• Your IP address
• The pages you request, when you request them, and how you interact with them
• The type of device and browser you use
We use this information to support our work in various ways including monitoring performance, improving design, protecting against malicious behaviour and supporting funding applications.


3. How are we storing your information and will we share it?

All of your personal data that we collect will be stored securely in a database for as long as you have a user account on the European Ladybird Survey website and mobile app. If you no longer wish to be registered, please contact to let us know. The component of your personal data that forms part of the biological record (i.e. your name as a recorder or as a verifier, and the location and time of the record) will be kept permanently as part of the scientific dataset. 

Sharing your email address with others
We will not openly publish your email address.  Expert volunteers working with us, who we appoint to the role of verifier, will have access to your email address in order to carry out their role in support of iRecord and the European Ladybird Survey.

Sharing your name that forms part of the biological record
Biological records produced by the European Ladybird Survey will also be shared with other organisations and individuals worldwide for purposes of scientific research. Your name will be included as part of the scientific records in these datasets.  Once the European Ladybird Survey dataset is published it will be freely available for redistribution.   As use of the European Ladybird Survey data is for research in the public interest it is retained as part of our work and your personal data (recorder and verifier name) will remain public; open data can be downloaded, remixed, and redistributed by third parties.

Where data is openly published it will be available to anyone and it will be available for use anywhere.

Other than as set out above, and except where we have a legal obligation to so do, we will not share your personal data with anyone else, nor will we transfer your personal data outside the European Union.


4. Your rights and our contact details

You are entitled to access any of your personal data that we hold. You can view the personal data we hold of yours by logging in to your account on the European Ladybird Survey website. Alternatively please contact  with as much detail as possible on the information you would like us to provide and we will aim to respond within one month.

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where we have relied on public task as the lawful basis for processing. You also have the right to request that we restrict or stop processing, rectify or delete your personal data (with the exception of names from datasets that have already been published openly). Where the personal data we hold has not been supplied by yourself, you are entitled to ask how we obtained the personal data. You can request that your European Ladybird Survey user account is cancelled at any time by emailing

Please contact Mark Hinder - UKRI NERC if you wish to progress any of these rights.

If you have any concerns about how your personal data is being used, we will try to answer any questions you have. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. You also have the right to an effective judicial remedy against decisions of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

5. Changes to the privacy policy for the European Ladybird Survey

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. The latest version will always be available at If changes are made to this privacy policy in the future, a prominent notice will be posted on the website.