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New ways of accessing UK Biodiversity data 3rd October 2005


The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway website which allows easy access to UK Biodiversity data has been updated. The new version makes it easier for users to access an extended range of data covering all types of wildlife, including insects, plants, reptiles, fish and birds.

NBN Gateway screenshot with picture of surveyorsThe NBN team, made up of staff from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, have worked hard over the past few months to upgrade access to the website though the NBN Gateway. The Gateway website now has more than 70,000 hits per month and currently allows access to almost 19 million records from 145 different datasets, a value up by 4 million records from last year.

Examples of improvements to the NBN Gateway include easy generation of a report for a particular site of interest e.g. a Site of Special Scientific Interest or a Local Nature Reserve. The user can now focus on species of conservation concern including those mentioned in Biodiversity Action Plans. Maps have been greatly enhanced, there are more guidance notes and help on interpreting the data, and users can now download data directly as zip files.

The new features have been largely driven by suggestions from visitors using the feedback form on the Gateway. The development team hope more people will visit the site to access the wide range of data available and also suggest further improvements to this vitally important web resource.


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