The approach employs a detailed desk study using digital data within a geographic information system (GIS) to identify Integrates Habitat Networks (IHNs). The spatial position and extent of functional integrated habitat networks were determined through a landscape ecology model from the BEETLE (Biological and Environmental Evaluation Tools for Landscape Ecology) suite of tools. The BEETLE least-cost focal species approach negates the need to carry out a vast number of individual species analyses. The selection of the habitats to be modelled, and the species used to inform the analysis, were identified through a series of expert stakeholder workshops. The outputs can support the planning process, help prioritise conservation effort, prevent further fragmentation of biodiversity and aid connectivity of semi natural habitats. BEETLE model analysis has been well referenced (Watts et al., 2005) and used in a variety of projects such as developing forest habitat networks across Scotland. The application of IHNs is the first time that the multiple habitat network approach has been used to solicit planning and development programmes in key areas.
This dataset records Forest Research Experiment sites on the National Forest Estate and private land. Objective is to avoid accidental damage to Forest Research experiments and sample plots during Forest Enterprise operations and to provide Forest Enterprise Districts with contact details for experiments and sample plots so that they can enquire as to suitability of operations in surrounding forest.
Primary and Secondary schools operated by Dundee City Council.
This is a Scotland raster based (10m) landcover made up of best available national data classified according to the EUNIS (EUropean Nature Information System). The main purpose of the landcover is to provide well-known, nationally consistent information for SNH’s national habitat network models. Secondary purposes include input for other analysis projects as well as map backdrops.