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Accessing our data

We want to make access to our data as easy and transparent as possible to achieve maximum re-use

We have two data categories:

Open Data is free data that anyone can view, re-use or re-publish provided that the original source is attributed. We make this data available under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

We are continuously publishing more of our data as Open Data to benefit communities, the environment and economy.

Restricted data For some data, we have to restrict access due to data protection, legal or other reasons. These data are available under a conditional data licence.

Lle Geo-Portal

You can download our published Open Data from our data catalogue on Lle Geo Portal. Some data can also be viewed on the Lle Map browser.

‘Lle’ means ‘place’ in the Welsh language and is a hub for data and information related to Wales and the environment. It is a partnership between Welsh Government and NRW.

Keep up with the latest published data on Lle Geo-Portal by subscribing to our RSS feeds.

NBN Atlas Wales

We publish most of our ecology data, such as species and habitats, on the NBN Atlas Wales.

‘NRW ecological data exempt from general release under EIR’ explains why some  data are only available under a conditional data licence.

Please refer to the NBN Atlas Video tutorials if you are a first time user of the site.

Interactive web maps

Selected data are available to view on our online maps such as river levels, long-term flood risk and much more. Some NRW data can also be viewed on the Lle Map browser

Live data API portal

Data developers can download our Open Data APIs from the Natural Resources Wales API Portal.

Current available API data sets 

  • Flood Risk Forecast API (Open Data) - gives the indication of the potential for flooding for three days: the day on which it is issued and the subsequent two days ahead
  • Live Flood Warnings and Alerts API (Open Data) - provides a list of all current warnings in force and is updated every 15 minutes
  • River Levels API (Open Data) - provides information on river levels at our measurement stations across Wales

Flood data products including flood models

These are typically requested for use in Flood Risk Assessments or Flood Consequence Assessments. We can also provide Flood Risk Reports for insurance purposes. Please contact datadistribution@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk for bespoke data, models and reports. Raw data is available from Lle Geo-Portal: NRW open flood data

How to search for available data and find out if data is open or restricted

Please use our library catalogue. Select the search box on the left hand menu and click onto ‘dataset titles’. 

How we share restricted data

These data are available under a licence that will specify conditions for re-use. 

Apply for a licence to access Restricted Data

Complete a data licence request form and email to datadistribution@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Licencing and supply of Restricted Data may take up to 20 working days. 

Contact us

Related document downloads

Data request form WORD [146.4 KB]

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