NSW BioNet Species Sightings Data Collection

The NSW BioNet Species Sightings data collection includes flora and fauna records maintained in the Species Sightings module of the NSW BioNet-Atlas application, at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). This BioNet data collection consists of over 13 million observation records sourced from incidental sightings and systematic flora and fauna surveys. Observations include plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, some fungi and invertebrates (such as insects and snails listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act) and some fish. The BioNet Species Sightings data collection covers all areas of NSW and also includes some records from neighbouring states. BioNet includes records from agencies and organisations other than OEH, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Forests NSW, the Australian Museum and the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.

ACCESS: The Species Sightings data collection can be accessed via the BioNet application or BioNet Species Sighting Web Service (an Open API)

The BioNet-Atlas application comprises a number of data collections including: 1. Species sightings; 2. Systematic Flora and Fauna Survey; 3. Species Names List; and 4. Threatened Entity Profiles (i.e. Species/population/ecological community profiles). A BioNet-Atlas Species Search will return relevant records from both the sightings and survey modules. Each record contains details including species name, information about the source of the record, geographic coordinates, accuracy of the coordinates and date of the sighting. BioNet Species Sighting data is made available in accordance with OEH's Sensitive Species Data Policy ; for species categorised as "sensitive", location information may be generalised or withheld depending on the species' status under the policy, and on the access rights of the user.

Data and Resources

  • Data quality statement for NSW BioNet Species Sightings Data Collection

  • Web Map Service (WMS).

  • ArcGIS REST Services Directory – provides a variety of interfaces for web...

  • BioNet home page

Metadata Summary What is metadata?

Field Value
Language English
Alternative Title Atlas of NSW Wildlife; Atlas
Edition Not known
Purpose Data from the BioNet Species Sightings data collection are used extensively in environmental planning in NSW and scientific research. For assessment and planning purposes, in most cases, a BioNet search will provide some indicative information only. As with any observational data collection, this collection is subject to biases in where observations have been made. The absence of an observation record at a site does not constitute evidence that a species is absent form the site. Presence of species at a site are best determined through thorough and well-structured field surveys.
Frequency of change Continual
Keywords ECOLOGY-Community,ECOLOGY-Ecosystem,FAUNA,FAUNA-Exotic,FAUNA-Native,FAUNA-Vertebrates,FLORA,FLORA-Exotic,FLORA-Native,VEGETATION-Floristic
Metadata Date 2010-07-18
Date of Asset Creation 2010-07-18
Date of Asset Publication 2010-07-18
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Equivalent Scale 250000
Vector representation
Record 1
Object type
Object count
Geospatial Topic Biota

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 1770-05-28
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 2010"
Groups SEED Layer Intersect Tool: BAM (stage 1) layer list