Natural Environment Research CouncilA government body established in 1965 to promote and co-ordinate research into the physical landscape, plants and animals (the 'natural environment'). It directs the research of its constituent organisations, such as the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology and the Biological Records Centre, which are involved directly and indirectly in a good deal of ornithological work, and gives grant aid to some private research bodies like the British Trust For Ornithology. NERC headquarters are in London.
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