Mapping ecological connectivity

The following page lists a selection of analytical tools to aid understanding of the connectivity of habitat in any one locality within the UK. It forms part of the Tool Assessor service provided by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.

Public agencies provide guidance on why and how to undertake habitat networking. See for example the NatureScot and Forest Research webpages on this topic. The focus for this page is tools and tool outputs that are open access and aid decisions for specific localities.

CONDATIS

Condatis is an online decision support tool to identify locations in which habitat creation and restoration can have the greatest benefits for existing habitat networks and increase connectivity across landscapes. Condatis identifies the pathways that allow both dispersal and multiplication of species as they cross a landscape, as well as ranking of sites for habitat creation and restoration. It has been developed by the University of Liverpool for use in the UK and globally. There are several UK case studies listed here. This includes the use by Natural Resources Wales to show connectivity pathways between areas of broadleaved woodland throughout Wales.

Habitat Network Maps (MAGIC)

MAGIC is a central UK-wide open-access source of geographic information about the natural environment throughout the UK. Natural England has provided guidance on the use of MAGIC mapping the connectivity between habitats. The focus of the habitat network maps included in MAGIC is to identify locations where habitat 'clusters' together within the landscape. The aim is to help identify locations for action to improve the ecological resilience of the network. 

Habitat Mapping for Wales

Natural Resources Wales has produced a series of online habitat mapping layers, known as core, focal and local networks. Together, these provide a guide to overall habitat connectivity in Wales.