The Vice County system for Great Britain was devised by an English botanist, Hewett Cottrell Watson, for the purposes of illustrating plant distributions.

These digitised boundaries are available free-of-charge as a download to recorders, mapping scheme organisers, local environmental record centres and others.

Because the boundaries are at a scale of 1:10,000 a GIS system is needed to view the boundaries against suitable map backgrounds although the boundaries can also be loaded and viewed in Recorder.

Licence

The Watsonian Vice County Boundaries can be used within the terms of the OS Open Data Licence.  This can be found on the OS website

Download package contents

Software Tool folder

Contains an application to extract individual or groups of Vice County Boundaries from the master mid/mif file

Download Software tool

Documents folder

Contains the following documents:

  1. Finalreport.pdf. A summary of the work of this data conversion project.
  2. VC_Boundary_rules.doc. A summary of the process and business rules used to convert the data
  3. Watsonian VC Boundaries Online Help.pdf. User manual for the Vice County Boundary generation software tool
  4. Watsonianleaflet.pdf. A general flyer promoting and explaining the data conversion initiative
  5. WatsonianHowTo.doc. How to extract data using the software tool and loading into Recorder.

Download Documents

Individual County Files Polygons folder

Contains a zip file with the following contents:

  1. Individual county VCB files as polygons delineated by the Mean Low Water Mark (MLWM) coastal boundary. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.
  2. Individual county VCB files as polygons delineated by the 3-mile limit coastal boundary. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.
  3. Individual county VCB files as polygons delineated by the 12-mile coastal limit. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.

Note land-locked counties will be delineated by their county boundaries for all classifications above

Download Individual County Files polygons

Individual County Files Polylines folder

Contains a zip file with the following contents:

  1. Individual county VCB files as polylines and including all coastal delineations (MLWM, 3-mile, 12-mile) where appropriate. In ESRI Shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats

Download Individual County Files polylines

Whole Country Polygons folder

Contains a zip file with the following contents:

  1. A whole country data set containing all individual VCB polygons delineated by the Mean Low Water Mark (MLWM) for coastal counties. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.
  2. A whole country data set containing all VCB polygons delineated by the 3-mile boundary for coastal counties. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.
  3. A whole country data set split containing all VCB polygons delineated by the 12-mile boundary for coastal counties. In ESRI shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats.

Download Whole Country polygons 2012

Whole Country Polylines folder

Contains a zip file with the following contents:

1. A whole country data set containing all individual VCB polylines and including all coastal delineations (MLWM, 3-mile, 12-mile) where appropriate. In ESRI Shape and MapInfo mid/mif formats

Download Whole Country polylines

Vice County Boundaries as KML files

Download Vice County Boundaries as KML files