Once the view live maps button is clicked, users have access to the dynamic mapping system that enable users to query the data, obtain information about each individual record and to query the records against some background environmental features. A series of background layers can be added to the map view by checking the relevant name of the GIS layer to the left hand side of the screen with the ‘layers’ panel active.
The layers included by default are:
(Terrestrial Viewer and Marine Viewer)
- Terrestrial Viewer Boundary
- Northern Ireland Border
- Biological Vice- Counties
- River Basin Districts
- River Sub Basins
- Irish Continential Shelf
- 200 Nautical Mile Limit
- 12 Nautical Mile Limit
- Terrestrial Viewer Boundary
- Northern Ireland Border
- Grid 100km
- Grid 10km
- Grid 2km
- Grid 1km
- Coastal Monitoring 2004-2006
- NSNW Woodland Habitats 2010
- All Bats
- Brown long-eared bat
- Common pipistrelle
- Soprano pipistrelle
- Nathusius' pipistrelle
- Lesser horseshoe bat
- Leisler's bat
(Terrestrial Viewer)Protected Areas
- Nature Reserves
- Proposed Offshore Marine SAC's
(Terrestrial Viewer) Rivers and Lakes
(Terrestrial Viewer and Marine Viewer)Geology
OSi Base map
- Bedrock (only become active at 1:100,000 scale)
- Landcover (2006) (only become active at 1:100,000 scale)
- Soils (only become active at 1:100,000 scale)
- Subsoils (only become active at 1:100,000 scale)
(Terrestrial Viewer and Marine Viewer) Base Map
(Terrestrial Viewer and Marine Viewer)
This function provides the user with an opportunity to view a Marine base map to allow for the location of marine based species to be viewed.
The user can simply flip back and forth from the Terresterial Viewer to the Marine Viewer at any stage.
This tool provides two functions:
Standard Mapping is the first and considered the default mapping. Standard Mapping allows you to display up to two species on the map simultaneously, differentiating them by colour. The existence of both species on a particular grid is represented by a third colour.
Although only two species can be selected, this does not preclude you from adding new species to the Species Table Of Contents (STOC). If the map is displaying two species, all the other species on the STOC will be disabled and therefore cannot be turned on; they will become enabled only if one of the two displayed species is turned off.
Coincidence Mapping, on the other hand, displays only those grids where all the selected species reside. Coincidence Mapping allows you to select up to five species. As with Standard Mapping, you can add more species to the STOC, but they will be disabled.
It is not possible to switch to Coincidence Mapping unless there are at least two species selected. Once the system is in Coincidence Mapping mode, it is not possible to have less than two species selected.
When switching from Coincidence Mapping to Standard Mapping, if there are more than two species selected, a message will be displayed, notifying you that, because Standard Mapping only allows a maximum of two species to be selected, if you proceed, all the selected species will become unselected, unless you reduce the number of selected species to two.
The legend is located in the Left Panel and can be selected at the lower left hand side of the map. Its function is to display the symbology and corresponding description for all the currently visible layers on the map. Results
The results page is located in the Left Panel and can be selected at the lower left hand side of the map. Its function is to display the appropriate results for all the currently visible layers on the map.
Menu Home Page
Link to the BioDiversity maps home page
Link to the National BioDiversity Data Centre home page
Click on the 'Zoom In' tool in the Toolbar, then:
Click once on the map: the map will zoom in and re-centre itself where you click;
Click and drag to draw a rectangle on the map: the map will zoom in to the area of the rectangle you can use the Zoom Levels control, which is located just below the Toolbar. This control gives you an indication of the zoom level you are currently in, by the position of the cursor; however, it can also be used to interact with the map.Zoom Out
Click on the ‘Zoom Out’ tool in the banner and then Click once on the map: the map will zoom out and re-centre itself where you click;
Click and drag to draw a rectangle on the map: the map will zoom out so that the current Map Area will fit into the rectangle drawn. The smaller the rectangle you draw, the more the map will zoom out.
You can use the Zoom Levels control, which is located just below the Toolbar. This control gives you an indication of the zoom level you are currently in, by the position of the cursor; however, it can also be used to interact with the map.
There are three ways you can zoom out with this control. Click on the cursor and hold, then drag downwards to the desired step.
Click on the desired step (the cursor will move to that step). Pan
Click on the ‘Pan’ tool in the Toolbar, then click and drag the map to move.Full Extent
Immediately zooms the map out to the area of all features and layers. The active tool does not change.Previous Extent
Click this icon once to go back to the map’s previous extent. This tool enables you to jump back to all previous map extents. This tool is analogous to the well known tool present in most applications. Next Extent
The ‘Previous Extent’ tool is used to jump back to a previous map extent, while the ‘Next Extent’ tool can be used to jump forward to the last map extent. This tool is analogous to the well known tool present in most applications.
The Magnifier window allows a close-up view of a small portion of the main map.
To display the Magnifier window, click the ‘Magnifier’ icon on the Toolbar.
The Magnifier window can be moved, collapsed and closed as desired. To magnify an area of the map, move the Magnifier window over the area by dragging on its title bar.
A small blue rectangle shows the area that will be magnified. Once you drop the Magnifier on a location, a zoomed-in view of the area will display within the Magnifier window.
The amount of magnification can be changed with the drop-down list in the bottom-left of the Magnifier window. Point Identify
This tool is used to retrieve information about features on the map, such as counties, lakes, conservation areas, etc, and it is also used to retrieve information about the species displayed on the map, although the latter will be explained later. Click to activate the ‘Identify’ tool.
Click with the left mouse button on the map. A small icon is added to the map and the location is added to the Results Panel on the left-hand side of the screen. The aforementioned panel will also display the features identified, categorizing them by the layer they belong to. If a particular layer is of no interest, it can be hidden by clicking the ‘Hide’ icon on the right-hand side of the layer header.
Note, that some layers will not provide additional information for the identified features. Most identified features can be selected by checking the associated checkbox, and doing so will result in the corresponding feature on the map becoming highlighted.
Add a species
See Point Identify above.Measure Area
The ‘Polygon’ icon is outlined to show it is the active type, and the dialog changes to show information on measuring polygons.
Set the units for measuring distance. For polygons, the measured area displays in the Area Units, and the perimeter displays in the Distance Units.
Click the left mouse button at the first point in the polygon. As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position.
Click the second point of the polygon. The first segment draws, and the polygon now stretches to the current position from the last point as well as to the initial point. When you click the third point, the measure dialog displays the perimeter and area of the polygon based on the vertices added. The total is updated as you add more vertices.
At the last vertex in the polygon, double-click the mouse. You do not need to click at the original point again. Read the Area and Perimeter from the Measure dialog. You can change the Distance Units to see the same polygon expressed with different units. To draw a new polygon, simply click on the map to start the new polygon. This erases the previous polygon.To erase the polygon from the map, click any of the measure type icons in the Measure dialog. If you click any other tool in the Tools element, this will close the Measure dialog, and any line or polygon will also be erased. Measure Distance
The ‘Line’ icon is outlined to show it is the active type.
Move the cursor to the first point of the line you want to measure, and click the left mouse button. As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position. The measure dialog will also begin to display distance. Move the cursor to the second point of the line. If you only want to measure one straight-line segment, double-click at this location. Otherwise click once with the left mouse button. If measuring a line with multiple segments (polyline), continue clicking at vertices to add segments. The length of the previous segment is shown in the Segment display in the Measure dialog. The Total Length displays the sum of segments added so far.Units
The units function allows for the measuement to be recorded in Feet, Kilometres, Metres. Miles, Nautical Miles and in addition in Acres, Sq. Feet, Hectares, Sq. Kilometres, Sq. Metres, Sq. Miles, Sq. Nautical Miles.Add Shapefile
This tool allows the User to add data from their own computer.
Use this tool to add one of you own datasets to the mapping system. Note: the datasets must be in ESRI Shapefile format. Please select the files with the extensions: .dbf and .shp to successfully add
your data to the mapping system.
See Advanced Reporting (below)
====Advanced Reporting====10km, 2km, 1km, 100m
These tools allow for reports to be generated accross the various areas. A red box will appear on screen and once the area is selected the report will be generated and the Open Report window will appear. (See GeneratingReportDialog
Generating Reports for defined areas -Example SACs/SPA
Maps provide a facility to query the national biodiversity database to obtain information on what species have been recorded within a defined geographic area, ie an area-based query.
To use this functionality, users must first register. A dialogue box needs to be filled to register. Registration is easy and it is only required the first time of use. Users are requested to provide their name, username and email address. Users are asked to provide a password which is to be used when users logon to the system. Also, users are asked to specify what type of use will be made of the data; ie Private, Research, Consultancy or Public Sector. This is only requested to enable the Data Centre to track which general sectors use the mapping service.
Please note that the options for area-based queries (see list below) are only operational at the 1;400,000, so user should first zoom into the area of interest in the map. Then click on the appropriate icon to generate the required report.
SAC (Special Area of Conservation)
SPA (Special Protected Area)
ASSI (Area of Specific Scientific Interest)
The Townland function allows the user to select areas on the map by townland . Once the townland is selected the report will be generated and the Open Report window will appear. (See GeneratingReportDialog
Report By Polygon
This function provides the opportunity for the user to mannually create a polygon over an area of interest. This is done using the cursor to click at the end over every line and to double click when the required shape has been drawn. Once the polygon has been created the report will be generated and the Open Report window will appear. (See GeneratingReportDialog