Bluesky launches soil map of England and Wales online

Bluesky launches soil map of England and Wales online


UK: Aerial mapping company Bluesky and Cranfield University have launched an online map, naming the National Soil Map. The map shows soil types across England and Wales and has been created from soil datasets produced by Cranfield University.

The purpose of designing this map is to inform decision making in a wide range of applications, from land and infrastructure management to construction, habitat assessment and agriculture. It is a perfect complement to data layers already available on Bluesky’s map shop site, including Bluesky’s National Tree Map and 3D height datasets.

Working with environmental data scientists at Cranfield University’s Soil and Agrifood Institute (CSAI), Bluesky can now provide the unique map that combines Cranfield’s award winning NATMAPvector soil dataset, which lists almost 300 soil associations, with the more simplified Soilscapes product.

“If you want to better manage your land, buildings, infrastructure or environment, understanding the soil is a great place to start. Soil is a fundamental building block for our ecosystem, and provides key support for, and threats to, our infrastructure and buildings,” commented Dr Timothy Farewell, Senior Research Fellow at the Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute. “This is the first time a dataset of this nature and complexity has been available to view and purchase online, and we are delighted to be working with Cranfield to ensure its wider application across a range of sectors,” added Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky.

The National Soil Map is now available from the Bluesky Mapshop (, which already offers complete nationwide coverage of aerial photography, 3D models (Digital Terrain and Surface Models DTM / DSM), LiDAR data, Thermal Mapping and the National Tree Map.

Source: Bluesky