2. Web Map Service List - Last Updated May 2016

Maps are increasingly becoming available through web links called web map services

How to add a Web Map Service (WMS) to your desktop GIS

Ordnance Survey

OS Open Rivers network now freely available. This network can be viewed through the SFCC Wild Fisheries Web Map, or can be added into your desktop GIS software by navigating to the ARCCatalogue, then GIS Servers, then Add ARC GIS Server, and paste in this URL:


Marine Scotland

A vast range of layers including arial imagery and the Scottish salmon distribution map are available by adding this URL: http://msmap1.atkinsgeospatial.com/geoserver/ows/nmp

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

The SEWeb hydrography web map service provides map based layers including Water Body Classification and Obstacles to Fish Passage.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)



Forestry Commission

When viewing WMS's the Ordnance Survey WMS Public Sector End User Licence terms apply.

To access the following services, enter the addresses below into your WMS client. 

FCS National Forest Estate WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/FCS_National_Forest_Estate/MapServer/WMSServer?

FCS Grants & Regulations WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/FCS_Grants_and_Regulations/MapServer/WMSServer?

FCS Inventories & Surveys WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/FCS_Inventories_and_Surveys/MapServer/WMSServer?

FCS Administrative Boundaries WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/FCS_Admin_Boundaries/MapServer/WMSServer?

Natural Spaces – Scottish Natural Heritage

Natural Spaces provides an online data download facility giving access to a wide range of datasets including protected areas, habitats and species, landscape, open space and access. You need to register for an SNH account to access the data. Natural Spaces also includes downloadable terrestrial windfarms data. In 2016 a new downloadable landcover map was released called EUNIS. https://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/index.jsp

You can also create a direct connection to the OGC Web Map Services from within your desktop GIS application using the following links:

SNH Administrative Units View Service: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/SNH_Administrative/MapServer/WMSServer?

SNH Landscape and Green Space WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/SNH_Landscape/MapServer/WMSServer?

SNH Habitats and Species WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/SNH_Habitats_and_Species/MapServer/WMSServer?

SNH Renewables WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/SNH_Renewables/MapServer/WMSServer?

SNH Protected Sites WMS: http://mapgateway.snh.gov.uk/ServicesWMS/SNH_Protected_Sites/MapServer/WMSServer?



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