Natural England publishes much of its geographic information in the form of Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets.
You can download GIS Digital Boundary Datasets for protected sites, habitats, and other information either as national datasets covering all of England or in 100km tiles for the larger datasets.
All our publically available GIS datasets are provided under the Open Government Licence and our copyright page provides links to the actual licences you need to reuse our data
For any queries about geographic data, please contact our mailbox – NaturalEnglandGIDataManagers@naturalengland.org.uk
If you are a contractor recently awarded a contract with Natural England or if you are working in a partnership with Natural England and you require Geographical Information for your project, please see Geographic Information for contractors and partners.
Natural England has statutory obligations to progressively publish metadata and data for datasets within the scope of the INSPIRE Regulations 2009.
Phase 1 of INSPIRE covers the publication of existing datasets. The milestones are:
The following Natural England datasets fall into the scope of Annex I. (We have no Annex II datasets).
We will be identifying the datasets that fall within the scope of Annex III during 2012.
Phase 2 of INSPIRE runs from 2012 to 2019 and requires us to progressively make the datasets compliant with the INSPIRE specifications.
Use of the View Service published on data.gov.uk requires access to a suitable GIS product. Please refer to your product help files to determine the best way to add a Web Mapping Service (WMS) to your GIS product of choice.
(17 April 2012) From 1 April 2012 Natural England has made its publicly available Geographic Information datasets available under the Open Government Licence.