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Click on the 'Contents' menu to the left of the screen to open the table of contents. To switch on a map layer select the 'radio' button to the right of the table of contents. Only one map layer can be viewed at a time. Click the Legend tab in the contents view to access the map layer legend info.

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Change the transparency of individual map layers using the transparency tool - located on the right side of the screen.

Identify features
Currently only a limited number of map layers can be identified to return extra information. These include
  • National soil map of Scotland
  • Soil map of Scotland (partial cover)
  • Carbon and peatland 2016 map
  • National Soils Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88)
Click directly on the map layer to show each layer's attribute data.

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Basemaps
Users can view the map using 2 basemap options - a Standard map provided by Ordnance Survey and aerial basemap available at a limited scale from 1:50000.

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National soil map of Scotland


This map shows the distribution of the main soil types across the whole of Scotland. It was originally mapped at the 1: 250 000 scale.

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Soil map of Scotland (partial cover)


This map covers most of Scotland’s cultivated agricultural soils and adjacent uplands. It was originally mapped at the 1: 25 000 scale and shows more detail than the National soil map of Scotland.

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World Reference Base soil map


The World Reference Base soil map uses an international soil classification based on soil characteristics, properties and horizons (layers).


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National scale land capability for forestry


The national scale land capability for forestry map provides information on how well a piece of land could grow trees based on a number of factors including soil, climate and topography.

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National scale land capability for agriculture


The national scale land capability for agriculture map provides information on the types of crops that may be grown in different areas dependent on environmental and soil characteristics.

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Land capability for agriculture (partial cover)


The land capability map for agriculture (partial cover) provides information at a greater resolution than the national map on the types of crops that may be grown in different areas dependent on the environmental and soil characteristics.

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Map of topsoil organic carbon concentration


The map shows the soil carbon concentration in the surface layer of soil.

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Map of available water capacity


Available water capacity is the amount water a soil can provide for plants and so is a useful indicator of the ability of soils to grow crops.

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Map of soil texture in nitrate vulnerable zones


Soil texture in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones provides information to help understand what management practices can be performed, and when, within Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).

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Carbon and peatland 2016 map


The map shows the distribution of carbon and peatland classes across the whole of Scotland. It gives a value to indicate the likely presence of carbon-rich soils, deep peat and priority peatland habitat for each individually-mapped area, at a coarse scale.

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National Soils Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88)


This map shows the sampling locations of the National Soil Inventory of Scotland, classified by the soil type found at each location.

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Parent material


This map shows the soil parent material found at each National Soil Inventory of Scotland sampling location. This is the material that the soil was made from.

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Topsoil lead concentration


This map shows the location of each National Soil Inventory of Scotland sampling point. The colour of the symbol relates to the lead concentration of the topsoil found at that point (in parts per million of air-dried soil).

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Topsoil zinc concentration


This map shows the location of each National Soil Inventory of Scotland sampling point. The colour of the symbol relates to the zinc concentration of the topsoil found at that point (in parts per million of air-dried soil).

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Map contents

  • Soil maps
    • National soil map of Scotland
    • Soil map of Scotland (partial cover)
    • World Reference Base soil map
  • Capability maps
    • National scale land capability for forestry
    • National scale land capability for agriculture
    • Land capability for agriculture (partial cover)
  • Thematic maps
    • Map of topsoil organic carbon concentration
    • Map of available water capacity
    • Map of soil texture in nitrate vulnerable zones
    • Carbon and peatland 2016 map
  • Point data
    • National Soils Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88)
    • Parent material
    • Topsoil lead concentration
    • Topsoil zinc concentration
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