Mapping Green Infrastructure in Devon
'Green Infrastructure' consists of a network of natural spaces and corridors that contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity, the movement of wildlife and people (for commuting and recreation) and the provision of environmental services such as flood defence or absorption of air pollution.
There are many areas and features in the county that make-up Devon's green infrastructure, including nature reserves, national parks or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), as well as the network of routes that allow people to access these for leisure, recreation and education, such as cycle routes, rural footpaths and other public rights of way.
Mapping of Green Infrastructure
Several of these green infrastructure features within Devon have been digitally mapped by various organisations. In most cases this mapping has been undertaken by those organisations who are responsible for the management of these areas and routes such as Natural England, and Devon County Council, to give two examples.
Whilst much of this mapping information is freely available to members of the public to download, it is often difficult to find. Therefore, to make this mapping information for Devon more accessible, a selection of datasets relating to green infrastructure have been downloaded and added to an online map. This allows you to see where various designations and public rights of way are located within Devon.
Further information and explanations about the mapping, such as which organisation has supplied the information, what the different mapping layers and environmental designations mean and various disclaimers can be found in the Devon Green Infrastructure Mapping Information.
Whilst Devon County Council endeavours to update the datasets used in the map as frequently as possible, some layers may go out of date. To help indicate where this may be the case, the date that the layers were produced or downloaded by Devon County Council has been included next to the dataset name in the right hand column on the mapping page. People seeking their own copy of the datasets are advised to contact the organisation that supplied the information, this is set out in the mapping information.
Use of the Mapping software
Whilst it is beneficial to have knowledge of how to use computer based mapping software, the map is relatively easy to use and help tips are available.
Access the map
The map is available at the following link: Online Interactive Map