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FIND November 2010 Newsletter

Access to up-to-date environmental data access is key if projects are to be carefully planned and delivered on time and to budget. However, this has not prevented the Transformational Government Website Rationalisation programme from announcing that MAGIC (www. magic.gov.uk), the government environmental data website, will be closed by April 2011.

The closure of MAGIC means that consultants will have to look elsewhere for data on Special Protection Areas, Ramsar Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and much more. As well as closing MAGIC, the government also plans further website closures, which could make accessing important data more of a challenge.

Fortunately, at www.findmaps.co.uk, you can already access a wealth of free environmental data layers that are currently on MAGIC. All of this information is free to view, print or export in a variety of formats.

As more public service websites are cut, private services like FIND step up to fill the void, giving you access to all the information you need a single source.

Mariam Crichton
Director

Product spotlight - Areas of Natural Importance

  • Instantly accessible maps showing designations such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Biogenetic reserves, Biospheric reserves, Local and National Nature Reserves, Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance), Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of Conservation, Special protection areas, Important Bird Areas, Rights of way, Agricultural land and more
  • Fully up-to-date information is FREE to view, print and export
  • Use during the planning process to identify restrictions that may limit the extent and type of property development
  • Incorporate into your own phase 1 environmental desk study of your site

"Having used MAGIC for the past few years I have found FIND an easier and much faster alternative for downloading various environmental datasets to be used daily on our GIS database."

- Chris Worts, GIS Specialist, Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald


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