Biodiversity for Bristol: My Wild City

Project description: 

In 2015, Bristol was the European Green Capital. In preparation for this, Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol City Council commissioned Environment Systems to produce a number of environmental opportunities maps, which cover the greater Bristol area. The Trust’s vision was and is to work with communities across the city, using the maps to inspire residents to support wildlife in their local area by connecting the habitats and green spaces. A structural habitat map of the greater Bristol area was produced. It shows where all the significant semi-natural habitats are and those which are being actively managed, such as SSSIs. The green areas that the public are using were mapped, such as parks, play grounds and river walks. A garden layer was added using remote sensing technology. Eco-connectivity networks were then created based upon natural grasslands, woodlands and water/wetlands. The final maps were produced from over 200 different datasets, including satellite and aerial imagery, soil and habitat data. The maps indicate the best places to create habitat for wildlife, such as wildflower and tree planting, and takes into consideration distance from existing green space.

Organisations involved: 

Avon Wildlife Trust, Environment Systems

Scale of project: 
Bristol and surrounding urban areas
Special purposes of project: 
Create accounts

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Wild species
Other ecosystem services included: 

Connectivity between green spaces

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Key outputs available: 

My Wild City, Biodiversity for Bristol

My Wild City Maps: Complete Map of Bristol

My Wild City Maps: Neighbourhood Maps

My Wild City Maps: Interactive Map, available at: 

Contact name: 
Neil Parker
Environment Systems
9 Cefn Llan, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH
01970 626688 (general enquiries)