Natural Spaces

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Natural Spaces downloads will be unavailable today, 30 August, while we carry out maintenance work. The site will be available again tomorrow. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes, the OGC services are unaffected in the meantime.

Natural Spaces allows you to download a wide range of the spatial data held by SNH. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED TO LOG IN.  You can browse through the data available, and access the datasets in several GIS formats (details in the Help page).

Web Map Services - If you wish, you can also create a direct connection to our OGC Web Map Services from within your desktop GIS application. More details about this option is available on the Direct connection page.

Please take advantage of our RSS feeds to keep track of updates. We also recommend reading through the Help to familiarise yourself with the website.

Looking for National Park boundaries, Environmentally Sensitive Areas or National Scenic Areas? These are available to download from Scottish Government here (Mozilla Firefox or MS Internet Explorer recommended to read this Atom feed).

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  • Protected Areas
    Datasets in this category contain the boundaries of the various protected areas in Scotland.
  • Consultations
    This category contains areas that have been proposed for designation.
  • Habitats and Species
    Layers describing various habitat surveys and other ecological data
  • Landscape, Open Space and Access
    These datasets relate to land forms, geology and landscape related indicators
  • Renewables
    Datasets about renewable energy production
  • Administrative
    Data about administrative boundaries, locations, etc.