Nature Networks - Tools and Data
Opportunity mapping tools
Over the next year Aecom is working with NatureScot and Scottish Wildlife Trust, through a CivTech Challenge, to add functionality to their Natural Capital Tool to support the development of Nature Networks. See here for progress updates.
The CSGN 2021 Habitat Connectivity tool consists of two resources.
Opportunity maps identify areas of habitat across central Scotland which could be protected and improved, and key sites for connecting these habitats so that species can move between them as part of a Nature Network.
The Connectivity Index is a measure of functional connectivity that allows an assessment of current habitat connectivity to be made. When repeated (Future date, TBC) any change in connectivity will be reflected in the index value. This will allow local authorities to measure improvements in habitat connectivity as the Nature Network is developed.
The maps cover the Central Scotland Green Network area, but a Connectivity Index for the whole of Scotland is planned.
Forest Research has mapped a series of habitat networks which will be used to plan habitat and species protection, management, restoration and expansion at a landscape scale, with respect to other biodiversity interests.
Other supporting and upcoming tools
an innovative new tool that will facilitate decision makers to take a natural capital approach for managing land at the landscape scale in Scotland.
A toolkit including a mapping tool and apps, to engage young people in their nursery, school, college or university grounds, increasing their knowledge of species and developing important skills, such as biodiversity mapping, data collection and analysis.
This free to use app, owned by NatureScot, has been designed to help farmers and crofters carry out biodiversity audits so they can identify and map the habitats on their farms and carry out a simple condition assessment. This will help identify areas of habitat which may form part of a Nature Network.
The Young Placechangers toolkit aims to inspire young people to take the lead in their local community by learning new skills about how to evaluate places, map their community and influence local decision making.
Spatial mapping of a Nature Network will be underpinned by data, much of which is free to access. Protected areas, habitat and species data is available at local, regional and national level. When mapping the Networks local authorities should access data which is appropriate to them. Data is also available on a range of other features including existing green networks, access data, and human population data. Many organisations hold data, however the following sites act as the main repositories for publicly held data layers. The data. mapping and monitoring principles from the Nature Networks framework are;
Data, mapping and monitoring
We will be adaptive in our approach to delivering Nature Networks and use the opportunity to improve our understanding of developing effective ecological connectivity.
Monitoring approaches for Nature Networks will be developed with, and for, stakeholders to inform management and action that maximises effectiveness of the network.
We will employ innovation and best practice in data collection, management and use.
Mapping and use of data will be collaborative and holistic in approach.
This website brings together environmental information and data in one place so that is easy to search, discover, analyse and interpret.
Provides access to view and download all of our publicly available data, which can be used under an Open Government Licence. This is the definitive source for Scotland's Protected Areas, consultation areas, habitats and species, and more.
Scotland’s catalogue of spatial data. Here you can find, share and reuse spatial data provided by Scottish public sector organisations.
Organisations which have been established, usually through a partnership of interested parties, in order to bring together local information on wildlife and to supply this to local users.
The NBN Atlas is the UK’s largest repository of publicly available biodiversity data.
A wide variety of geospatial data that can be used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including data on surveys and inventories, eligibility layers and the native woodland survey of Scotland.
A continually updating range of datasets related to the environment including data such as the Scotland Wetland inventory, river catchments, drought data and flood maps.
Working together to build a useful toolbox
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