Landscape Planning and Heritage

What Information is Held?

HBIC maintains a computerised biological database containing detailed information on habitats and species from over 20,000 sites across Hampshire, including woodlands, heathland, chalk grassland, acid/neutral meadows, ponds and coastal sites. Information for each site is collected on record cards and includes species lists, habitat descriptions and maps, along with general site details such as geology and land use. The information from these site record cards is entered onto HBIC’s database which presently holds some 920,000 records.

Information from the record cards is also entered onto a Geographic Information System (GIS) along with a comprehensive land use and habitat classification layer for the whole County, aerial photographic coverage and various layers of site boundary information including statutory and non-statutory sites. The GIS enables HBIC to produce a wide range of maps and perform spatial analyses between these different layers. See Metadata for more information on the GIS layers maintained by HBIC.

The database and GIS layers are constantly updated as new data comes in from a variety of sources, a major component of which is the ongoing surveying and monitoring of habitats carried out by field ecologists based at HBIC. This is part of a programme which has been running in Hampshire since the late 1970’s. In all HBIC holds and can supply all of the following information:

To request any of the following information please see our data enquiry service at Data Requests. To find out how you can contribute to biological recording in Hampshire see our page on Your Records.

HBIC holds 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)
For further information on statutory sites contact Natural England (2nd Floor, Cromwell House, 15 Andover Road, Winchester SO23 7BT  Tel: 0300 060 2514). Site boundary and citation information can also be downloaded from the Natural England website.

HBIC holds site boundaries for all non-statutory sites within Hampshire, including:


HBIC maintains a comprehensive land use and habitat classification GIS layer for the whole of Hampshire. Originally derived from 1996 aerial photograph interpretation, the layer has been partially ground truthed and is continually being updated from the on-going programme of surveys by HBIC's field ecologists. The GIS layer is classified using the Integrated Habitat System (IHS) and is available as UK Broad habitat or Priority habitat maps.

Information on the statuses of Priority habitats currently mapped in Hampshire can be found here.


HBIC has an extensive database of over 920,000 higher plant records for the County derived from ecological survey reports. In addition, copies of datasets belonging to partner organisations are also held and through data exchange agreements with these partners HBIC can supply species information on their behalf. HBIC currently holds over 4,300,000 records from the following organisations:


Copies of ecological survey reports for specified sites can be supplied by HBIC where these are available.


Planning Advice

Please note: HBIC purely holds and distributes ecological information and as such we are not in a position to be able to comment specifically on the likely impact of any developments or construction proposals. If enquirers require such advice they should contact the relevant local planning authority or the Planning Officer at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.