Grab a Grid Reference...
If you prefer the dual map version of this tool it is HERE
Show: VC30 Bedfordshire
See licence details below
Drag the red marker on the left map to where you want a National Grid reference (as defined on Page 35 of A Guide to Coordinate Systems in Great Britain)
(Although the National Grid covers a portion of Ireland Irish grid references are usually given using a different system. Irish grid refs can be obtained here) The grid refs will appear on the right, and corresponding boxes on the map.
Press the Satellite button to turn on the aerial photos, or Hybrid for both maps and aerials.
Use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out, and the arrows to pan.
Please do not record using 2km or 10km grid refs. These are for information only.
The "dual" map version of this tool can be accessed HERE if you prefer it.
To remember a location for future use, right-click over "Link to this location", select "Copy Link Location" (Firefox) or "Copy Shortcut" (IE), paste it into your browser's web address field, then bookmark it. Build your own set of bookmarked locations. You can also paste it into emails, or use in links on a website. (The zoom, aerial and resolution settings are copied too!).
If you find this tool slow and jerky with Internet Explorer, try Firefox, or Chrome or Opera, which are all much smoother and faster on my PC.
Showing boundaries slows the map update process, considerably with Internet Explorer. Turn them off while moving and zooming the maps if you find this to be a problem. Boundary names can be found by clicking on them (unless using IE).
Want to plot a set of records on Google Earth? Use our simple interface HERE
The Bedfordshire boundary and vice-county boundaries are subject to this Ordnance Survey OpenSpace End User Licence Agreement. Special permission was sought and obtained from the NBN Trust to make vice-county 30 boundary available on Google Maps. This has been granted for individual use and non-commercial purposes ONLY. We are also required to say that digital VC boundaries were developed under contract and funded by Defra, Scottish Natural Heritage and the NBN Trust, and to display the following.
Boundaries for Accessible Wildife Sites have been temporarily removed.
Many thanks to Jonathan Stott for making his coordinate conversion code available!
I'm pleased to report this tool is being adopted by other webmasters and can also be found at: Warwickshire Butterfly Conservation
Lothian Wildlife Information Centre
North East England Butterfly Conservation
Cambridgeshire and Essex Butterfly Conservation
Wokingham District Veteran Tree Survey
Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Beacons National Park (BIS) Please email me (Keith Balmer) if you also adopt it...