The Edinburgh Shoreline team recently visited the Central Scotland Green Network Trust to view a map they had pulled together of lots of different types of data which related to our shoreline; the map showed locations of hard sea defences, different habitats both natural and man made, access points to green space, active travel routes and more. All of the data is currently available to the public in various places, but they had pulled it together into one place! What a fantastic resource!
On Thursday 21st March we held a Green Tease event, led by our friends at Creative Carbon Scotland, to look at the map and think about how we might use it to identify areas of opportunity on our coastline. For example, we looked at all of the green spaces near to the coast, such an abundance of little pockets! We discussed ways in which we could potentially connect up these little pockets into green corridors, which would be better habitat for wildlife and also increase the green space available for people. Huge thanks from us to Gemma of Creative Carbon Scotland for facilitating such an interesting activity, which stimulated lots of discussion.
We would encourage Edinburgh shoreline locals to use the data available to think about their local patch, and how, together, through community action and campaign, we can make improvements for people and wildlife. We heard from three wonderful speakers Karen Bates (Wardie Bay Beachwatch), Louise Knight (Granton Hub) and Willie Black (Granton Hub History Society) on how they and the groups they represent have gotten involved in creating a brighter future for their area.
It is our ambition that in the near future we will be able to share the fully interactive map with you, whereby viewers can click onto each of the layers they are interested in (such as highlighting all the core paths along the waterfront, or highlighting all of the designated historical sites), on the map section of this website. In the meantime, please use the links below to reach each of the individuals maps that might interest you.
Greenspace and greenspace access points from Scotland’s Greenspace Map: https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/greenspace-map
Habitat Map Of Scotland: http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/index.jsp
Historic Environment Scotland data including Properties in Care, Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, World Heritage Sites, Gardens and Designed Landscapes: https://portal.historicenvironment.scot/spatialdownloads
Vacant and Derelict Land: http://www.spatialhub.scot/get-data/
Central Scotland Green Network Strategic Routes: http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/index.jsp or https://www.nature.scot/csgn-map-current-and-potential-future-routes
Scottish Natural Heritage Designated sites: http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/natural-spaces/index.jsp
Public Core Paths: http://www.spatialhub.scot/get-data/
National Coastal Change Assessment (Future Look 2050, Future Look 2100, Scotland Change 1890 – 1970, Scotland Change 1970 – Modern, Scotland MHWS 1890, Scotland MHWS 1970, Scotland MHWS Modern): http://www.dynamiccoast.com/