SNH Natural Spaces

SNH has developed the Natural Spaces facility to enable the download data in ESRI Shapefile format for use with Geographical Information Systems, such as ESRI ArcGIS or Pitney Bowes Mapinfo data are available for Unitary Authority Areas for Scotland for three categories of data, namely: Habitats & Species; Landscape, Open Space & Access; Protected Areas. Datasets include: Country Parks; Local Nature Reserves; Special Areas of Conservation; Special Protection Areas; Woodland Inventories; Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  Basic on-screen maps showing site boundaries are available through the Sitelink application.

Site also links to Natural Heritage Trend Notes in addition to an Interactive Map which allows users to search information on special places and recorded species sightings in.

Spatial Coverage: 

Data is available as ESRI Shapefiles or the OGC standard formats GML and KML.

Data Access: 

Freely available data on internet. Registration is required.