The NBN is committed to making high quality, dependable biological data available in order to educate and inform about the state of the UK’s wildlife.

It is unavoidable that species records may contain inaccuracies. In order to continue to improve the quality of data on the NBN Atlas, we have added the ability for users to ‘Flag an issue’, if they see a problem with a record. Guidance notes on how to ‘Flag an issue’ on a record can be found here.

Once an issue has been raised, the Atlas administrators will be notified, who will then contact the data provider.

The data provider, with Editor rights, can then verify the annotation on the record. The options are:

  1. The data provider confirms that all the information on the record is correct;
  2. The data provider confirms the mistake in the record and the NBN Atlas administrators can remove the record; and
  3. The data provider confirms the mistake in the record and resupplies the dataset with the updated record.

Information on how to verify annotations is here.

Data providers can receive an email alert when annotations are made to records in their datasets. Information on how to receive email alerts is here.

Information on how to exclude records that have annotations is here.