Authoritative Natural England Open Data Services Now in ArcGIS Online

Natural England are the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. They are the authoritative provider of boundary information for areas including Sites of Special Scientific Interest, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural Nature Reserves. 

Natural England are now publishing these datasets through their ArcGIS Online account. This is great news, as the data is now available in the ArcGIS platform but maintained by Natural England themselves. These datasets are currently available:

Sites of Special Scientific Interest
http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=e41034b5bead4917bf91cd2d7cb89877

National Nature Reserves
http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=56c6073192da400ca7a6e22b86e26594

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=6f2ad07d91304ad79cdecd52489d5046

National Parks
http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=d333c7529754444894e2d7f5044d1bbf

These datasets and many more will be available in the coming months on Natural England’s new ArcGIS Open Data site! 

Before the existence of these new services, Esri UK published a number of similar services on ArcGIS Online compiled from data provided by Natural England. These services were published to make it easy for our customers to find and use the Natural England boundaries within the platform. These have been superseded and will be retired on the 28th of February 2017.

If you are reliant on any of the services below then please switch to using the Natural England Services.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest
http://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/ae5c2ee2c648429399d90256df137072_0

National Nature Reserves
http://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/fcd2dad427f44265a805fab797ea5d9c_0   

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
http://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/23b08acc7ead459ab99f6c11a703c4ae_0 

National Parks
http://opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/d317de260c094e409ecbb34a22315965_0