The FSC Plugin for QGIS v3

This is the help for version 3.n.n of the FSC QGIS plugin which is compatible with version 3.n.n of QGIS. If you want to see the help pages for version 2.8.0 of the plugin, which was the last release compatible with version 2.n.n of QGIS, then follow this link: FSC QGIS plugin for version 2 of QGIS.

QGIS plugin toolbarThe FSC QGIS plugin is designed to make working with biological records in QGIS much easier for UK users, e.g. by:

  • dealing with British and Irish national grid references,
  • dealing with data structured as biological records (who, what, where & when), and
  • visualising and downloading biological records from the NBN Atlas.

Although originally designed to be used in the UK context, many features of the FSC QGIS plugin are useful to international users of biological records too - especially the distribution atlas generation features which can be used with data encoded with any CRS.

If you find problems or bugs with the plugin, the very best way to report these is to raise an issue on the GitHub repository where the code for this tool is maintained: To raise an issue, you will need a GitHub login (free). Raising an issue automatically sends an email to Rich Burkmar. If in doubt, ask on the forum first...

If you have a question or want to start some other sort of discussion about the plugin, the best place is our online forum which you can find here: Again you will need to register (free), but its the best way for you to get the attention of the FSC Biodiversity team and developers.

The FSC QGIS plugin is installed from the QGIS plugin manager. When installed, you will find a 'FSC Tools' item on the Plugins menu and from this you can start each of the five tools as well as its options dialog. But usually a more convenient way of invoking the tools is from the FSC QGIS plugin toolbar. plugin for QGIS menuThere are five main tools and a sixth dialog for managing environment options. The help and info menu item links to this web page. Follow the links below for help on each of these.

  1. The OSGR OSGR Tool toolbutton
  2. The Biological Records Biological Records Tool toolbutton
  3. The NBN Atlas NBN Tool toolbutton
  4. The Map Mashup Map Mashup Tool toolbutton
  5. The GR to Layers Add GRs to Layer Tool toolbutton
  6. Environment Options


There are many online sources of QGIS help available. A few are listed below:

Useful sources of data for QGIS

There are lots of good soruces of GIS data on the web. Some of the more useful in the UK context are listed below.