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17 April 2019

We are pleased to bring you the first ever NBN Atlas Newsletter!

With so many developments having recently taken place and with the wonderful news that the NBN Trust has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £190,500 to help build its resilience, and enable further development of the NBN Atlas, we felt that it deserved its own Newsletter!

This will be sent to all registered NBN Atlas users on a six monthly basis unless we have an increasing amount of news and need to update you more frequently.  You can also keep an eye on news and updates throughout the year on the NBN Atlas news page.

If you are not a registered NBN Atlas user, you can easily register, or if you would just like to sign up for this new Newsletter then complete the simple sign up form.

16 April 2019

We are delighted to welcome the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland into the family, as this newest Atlas goes live!

NBN Atlas Northern Ireland brings together information on over 11,000 species from almost 3 million occurrence records, enabling the data to be shared, analysed and researched.

This new NBN Atlas is currently a beta version and we welcome comments and feedback as we prepare for a formal launch of the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland at the end of May 2019. Please add any feedback and comments to the NBN Atlas NI Forum by 13 May 2019. Please note that you will need to register with the Forum before you can add any comments.

28 February 2018

We have developed and launched a new NBN Atlas Documentation and Help Portal.  The new site brings together information and guidance for users of the NBN Atlas, NBN Atlas Scotland, NBN Atlas Wales and all subsequent NBN Atlases, in a clear way, with straightforward navigation to each of the subject areas.

It is organised to reflect why you might be using the NBN Atlas, with links to further information.

The NBN Atlas Documentation and Help Portal can be found by clicking on the Help link on the top right hand side of each of the NBN Atlases.  In fact, by reading this message you are already on the Help site!

We hope you find this site helpful, but if you would like to see any further documents added to the site please do let us know

25 July 2017

We are pleased to report that the original limit of 50,000 as the number of records that could be downloaded from the NBN Atlas has been removed. This is the same for NBN Atlas Scotland and NBN Atlas Wales. A much higher figure of 10 million records is now in place and this seems to be working well. With the 10 million record download facility users can download all the data for any species and all the data for any dataset except for the BTO dataset – Birds (BTO+Partners) which has 151 million records.
The new system is queue based, which means that if there are lots of requests, they are queued and handled one at a time. During periods of high activity this may result in a longer response time, but this should only be noticeable for the larger downloads. There are several queues in use, larger downloads being handled on one queue, smaller on another.
New features include:
– shapefile downloads
– customised downloads – allowing users to select groups of fields
Thank you for your patience whilst we resolved the issue with downloads and speed of response from the NBN Atlas and we hope you find the larger download facility suits your needs.

7 June 2017:

Data upload templates and guidance documents are now available for sharing data through the NBN Atlas platforms. See Provide data to the NBN Atlas

12 April 2017:

We are aware that the NBN Atlas is not running optimally at the moment and in order to speed the site up while we fix this we will be restricting downloads to a maximum of 50,000 records per download.


Listed below are all recent news articles relating to the NBN Atlas.  Please click on the links for the full stories.

Spatial Layer Update – March 2019

The National Biodiversity Network Trust is awarded £190,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – March 2019

NBN Atlas selected as an example of good practice – March 2019

UK Lakes Portal – NBN Atlas records added – January 2019

New Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Portal in Wales – November 2018

Exploring more options for data sharing – October 2018

NBN Atlas Scotland Stakeholder Engagement Day review – July 2018

NBN Atlas Scotland Stakeholder Engagement Day – June 2018

NBN Atlas revisions to Terms of Use and Guidance for Using Data – May 2018

NBN Atlas Scotland Stakeholder Engagement Day – May 2018

NBN Atlas Wales Stakeholder Engagement Day – May 2018

NBN Atlas – one year on – April 2018

NBN Stakeholder Group – call for volunteers – April 2018

Isle of Man joins the ‘family’ of NBN Atlases – April 2018

NBN Atlas helps with the discovery of another new species for the UK! – February 2018

NBN Atlas helps in the discovery of a species new to the UK – January 2018

Update from NBN Atlas makes UK the 2nd-largest data publishing country to GBIF – September 2017

NBN Atlas use statistics – September 2017

NBN Atlas sensitive species policy workshop – September 2017

Download limit on NBN Atlas has been increased – August 2017

NBN Atlas is highly commended! – July 2017

Data upload templates and guidance now available – June 2017

NBN Atlas update April 2017 – includes information on the transfer of data from the NBN Gateway to the NBN Atlas and a statement regarding verified and unverified data

NBN Atlas tool for QGIS – April 2017

NBN Atlas is CIEEM Awards finalist! – April 2017

The NBN Atlas is now live! – April 2017. Includes NBN Atlas URLs, records available, help and FAQs

Guidance on the definition of non-commercial use – March 2017 – Information on the CC-BY-NC licence available on the NBN Atlas

Guidance for adding historic data to the NBN Atlas – March 2017

NBN Atlas update March 2017 – update information with three weeks to go until launch

NBN Atlas Update for Data Users – Feb 2017

Do you use NBN’s EasyMaps? – Feb 2017.  Fact finding article regarding the use of EasyMaps

NBN Atlas update February 2017. Reminder to complete DPAs, User testing, designation lists and spatial layers

Further update on the transfer of data from the NBN Gateway to the NBN Atlas – January 2017

NBN Atlas development update – January 2017. Timescales given for work up until the launch

Update on NBN Gateway and NBN Atlas with key dates – December 2016