Information we hold
HBIC maintains databases containing information on habitats, species and designated sites across Hampshire
- Statutory wildlife sites
HBIC holds the latest copies of all the statutory site boundaries maintained by Natural England, including:
- Special Protection Areas (SPA)
- Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
- RAMSAR Sites
- National Nature Reserves (NNR)
- Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
Site boundaries and other information can also be downloaded from the Natural England website.
- Non statutory wildlife sites
HBIC holds the latest copies of site boundaries for all non-statutory site designations within Hampshire, including:
- Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
- Road Verges of Ecological Importance (RVEIs)
- Ancient Woodland Inventory Sites
- Biodiversity Opportunity Areas
- Wader and Brent Geese site information
- Habitat mapping
HBIC maintains a comprehensive land use and habitat map for Hampshire using the Integrated Habitat System (IHS). GIS maps are ground truthed and updated from the HBIC Habitat Survey Programme on a regular basis. HBIC can produce maps for broad habitats and priority habitats.
Information on the completeness of priority habitat mapping in Hampshire can be found in Table 1 in the latest Annual Biodiversity Monitoring Report.
- Species data
HBIC maintains an extensive database of 6 million species records. 1 million of these records are derived from its own Habitat Survey Programme whilst 5 million come from the following species recording groups.
- Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society
- British Dragonfly Society
- British Bryological Society
- Butterfly Conservation (Hampshire & IoW Branch)
- Hampshire Amphibian and Reptile Recording Network
- Hampshire Bat Group (HBG)
- Hampshire Flora group
- Hampshire Mammal Group
- Hampshire Ornithological Society
- People’s Trust for Endangered Species
HBIC holds data exchange agreements with these organisations and can supply species records on their behalf.
Find out how you can contribute to species recording in Hampshire.
- Site survey reports
Copies of ecological survey reports for specified sites can be supplied by HBIC where they are available. Some 8000 sites have been surveyed to Phase 2 level, many to NVC level.
- Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs)
BOAs represent a targeted landscape-scale approach to conserving biodiversity in Hampshire. They identify opportunities for habitat creation and restoration where resources can be focused to have the greatest positive impact for wildlife. They are not a statutory designation and do not infer a constraint to development or land use.
BOAs were identified through extensive mapping work carried out by the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) in consultation with a wide range of biodiversity partners. 41 BOAs were selected representing core areas of biodiversity interest in Hampshire. Statements have been produced for each BOA to indicate priorities for that area.
- Ecological network mapping
The Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) has produced a detailed ecological network map for Hampshire on behalf of the Local Nature Partnership (LNP).
An ecological network is a group of habitat patches that species can move easily between maintaining ecological function and conserving biodiversity. Through appropriate management, ecological networks can provide a connected collection of refuges for wildlife. Establishing the network will enable biodiversity to recover from recent declines and create a more resilient natural environment.
The aims of the network are to:
- improve the quality of current wildlife sites by better habitat management
- increase the size of existing wildlife sites
- enhance connections between sites, either through physical corridors or through ‘stepping stones’
- create new sites
- reduce the pressure on wildlife by improving the wider environment
The National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to map and consider ecological networks within their plans, policies and decisions.
- How data is held
Data is exported into a Geographic Information System (GIS) and combined with ‘layers’ of information including aerial photographic coverage. This enables HBIC to produce a wide range of maps and perform spatial analyses. See Metadata for more information on the GIS layers maintained by HBIC.
HBIC updates the databases and GIS layers as new data comes in from the species recording groups and its own habitat survey programme. This survey programme has been running since the late 1970’s.
- Request data
Find out about and request information from our data enquiry service.