Environmental maps

Information on Devon’s environment has been mapped on our Environment Viewer. These maps give access to spatial (geographic) data for Devon on a wide range of topics. These include:

*Phase 1 Nature Recovery Network Maps.  Please note that this Nature Recovery Network mapping is in development. Before you use these layers please read the Guidance at Devon Nature Recovery Network Map – Devon Local Nature Partnership (devonlnp.org.uk) and send any comments and suggestions through to nature@devon.gov.uk. For information on Biodiversity Net Gain in Devon and Strategic Ecological Significance scoring please see the Devon BNG Guidance at Devon-BNG-Guidance-at-July-2022.pdf

**NOTE this Woodland planting considerations map shows data pre-selected from all environmental topics above that are relevant to woodland creation. To understand more, including why the data is relevant, and what to do if data is shown on or very near your potential planting site, see this table of environmental considerations from the Right Place Right Tree guidance.

Tips for using the Viewer

1. Viewer About Information icon

Click on one of the map weblinks above, read and scroll to the bottom of the terms and conditions and tick to say you agree.  Note there is an About or Information button at top left.

2. Image of Address Search Bar

Enter a place name or postcode in the top left box (‘find an address or place’). The map will then zoom in on your area of interest.

3. Legend icon for Environment Viewer

Click on this icon in the top right to open up the map Legend. You should then be able to understand what the symbols showing on the map mean.

4. Layers icon for Environment Viewer

To view data held by Devon County Council, click Layer List icon. A box should pop up explaining what the map feature is. If unsure, you can look for it in the legend OR click on this icon in the top right, to open up all the layers of information available on the map. You’ll see these are grouped under environmental topic headings e.g. ecology, historic environment etc. You can expand the list by clicking on the arrow to the left of the ticked box.

  • Note you need to tick the box against all upper tiers ‘above’ a layer to make the required layer become visible.
  • If a layer title appears as faded grey text in the Layer List, zoom in on the map as some layers only appear on the map when zoomed in to specific scales.
  • Note that a large dataset will take time to load, and if you open several large datasets (tick several layers) that will also slow the Viewer.  If you zoom in to a specific location (such as farm or parish level) and open the layers there, it will be quicker to load onto the map view than trying to open and view the same data at a larger scale (such as county or district level).

5. Basemap Gallery icon for Environment Viewer

Explore what else you can do. For example, use the Basemap Gallery to change the base maps to other formats, aerial photos, or historic maps. Click on this icon in the top right.

6. Add data icon for Environment Viewer

Use the Add Data button, to add any external data or data of your own.

Viewer Ecology Screenshot

All of this data is made available by Devon County Council. The data is either owned and managed by Devon County Council, or derived from data given by other organisations (such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, amongst others) who allow Devon County Council to display their data on this website.

Please note that the Environment Viewer has been live since spring/summer 2016 and is being improved all the time. We are aware that it is currently quite slow to load and we are in the process of resolving this issue.

Feedback and comments regarding the data should be sent to: