Download limit on NBN Atlas has been increased

We are pleased to report that the original limit of 50,000 as the number of records that could be downloaded from the NBN Atlas has been removed.

This is the same for NBN Atlas Scotland and NBN Atlas Wales. A much higher figure of 10 million records is now in place and this seems to be working well. With the 10 million record download facility users can download all the data for any species and all the data for any dataset except for the BTO dataset – Birds (BTO+Partners) which has 151 million records.

The new system is queue based, which means that if there are lots of requests, they are queued and handled one at a time. During periods of high activity this may result in a longer response time, but this should only be noticeable for the larger downloads. There are several queues in use, larger downloads being handled on one queue, smaller on another.

New features include:

  • shapefile downloads
  • customised downloads – allowing users to select groups of fields

Thank you for your patience whilst we resolved the issue with downloads and speed of response from the NBN Atlas and we hope you find the larger download facility suits your needs.

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