Bathgate Hills – Using Integrated Habitat Network Data

Bathgate Hills – Using Integrated Habitat Network Data

A workshop for our local authority partners on the Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) data.

The Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership in conjunction with Scottish Natural heritage held a workshop for our local authority partners on the Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) data. Following which, we wanted to explore further how local authorities would use the IHN data and what methods would they follow and how would IHN inform potential projects.

A site was suggested in West Lothian that could service as a pilot project – the south east Bathgate Hills including the development site of Bangour Village Hospital site (allocated form 500+ houses) and the adjacent cleared Bangour General Hospital site and to explore potential habitat links to the adjacent Bangour Fishery and then further afield to see if the IHN data suggests any obvious links through the Bathgate Hills which could then be used to inform any strategies/projects for the Bathgate Hills.

In using the IHN data we want to explore:

  • How is the IHN data used to identify potential habitat connections?
  • How are these results then used to enable inform possible habitat management/creation?
  • How can the IHN data be used with other spatial data sets?

A download is available which describes the project aims and proposed methodology.

and the LFGNP IHN Bathgate Hills topic paper with findings and suggested environmental improvements.

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