We have a dedicated team of GIS and data specialists who work on preparing and presenting our conservation data.
Using specialist software, we conduct geospatial analysis of data to investigate geographic patterns. Analysed data outputs are mapped, and where appropriate are made available for wider use from the download area.
The GIS team maintains a definitive set of our reserve boundaries and other land holdings which can also be downloaded. The RSPB currently holds around 7 million species records, which fall into the following broad categories:
- Annual monitoring of rare/sensitive species, such as bitterns and corncrakes
- National surveys of scarce and/or restricted species such as the 2009 cirl bunting national survey
- Reserves monitoring data, including non-avian species of conservation interest
- Citizen science data, such as the swift survey
- Regional monitoring of priority species, such as hen harrier monitoring in the Forest of Clunie SPA
Many of these datasets are made available through the National Biodiversity Network Gateway, from where you can request access. If the data you require are not available on the NBN, a bespoke data request can be made from the Accessing RSPB GIS data page.