The GIS Mapping Project

The project GIS mapping system is designed primarily for those needing to consider recreation, conservation and tourism in decision making and is not aimed at promoting any activity or location. Some recreational activities may not be shown due to management issues.

The data

All of the data collected in the survey is displayed on the GIS mapping system.

Activity Location

The system shows where coastal activities are carried out including information on user numbers, seasonality, data and map confidence and activity trends.


There is information on site infrastructure such as car parking, beach awards, slipways, mooring areas, dog restrictions, climbing restrictions and life-guarded beaches.

Spatial Data Mapping

Reports, management plans and further relevant information such as people counter data is also spatially mapped.

Full Written Reports

4 separate reports display more information on the activity, the infrastructure, management issues, how the data was collected and who provided it.


Conservation Designations e.g. SSSI’s, SAC’s have been mapped. A right click provides information on why the site is special and potential threats to it.

Data Filters

A system has been built in to filter data by user numbers, map confidence, activity trends etc.

Currrent functionality and potential

Current Data

The GIS mapping system makes it easy for data to be kept up to date and for users to provide further information and new layers can be added.

Project Expansion

There is great scope for the project to be extended beyond South West Wales and display a wider range of information.

Data Application

In some areas of the region the data collected during this project has been used to develop a website specifically for public use which provides useful information not only on recreational opportunities but has messages promoting sustainable use.

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry regarding the project, or using the GIS, then please do contact us.