Welcome to Maps

In this series, you'll find out how to upload your fields and gain insight to public datasets.

Importing Fields

What is an SBI number?

An SBI number is a Single Business Identifier number, assigned to you through the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). This is a unique nine digit number given to a farmer or business that is involved in an agricultural activity. This number defines and outlines your fields. The SBI numbers currently provides financial support to farmers through the mapping and size of their land and fields.

How do I find my SBI number?

If you are unable to locate your SBI number email the RPA at ruralpayments@defra.gov.uk for more information.

How to import your fields into your GlasCore account:

Before you start, ensure you have your SBI number, also known as your RPA ID.


Step 1

Login to your GlasCore dashboard with your user email and password, this will bring you to your dashboard home. Click on the burger menu, located in the top left hand side of the screen, to open up your menu and options. In this menu, select ‘Maps’ to get started. To begin importing your fields select ‘Rural Payments Agency’ which can be found under the heading ‘Tools & Integrations’.

Note: You may see this when you select ‘Rural Payments Agency’, do not worry, simply click ‘View Integrations Store’ and add this to your system.

Note: If you have just added this tool to your dashboard, when you access maps it will ask you to agree to the licence. Please read and agree to this, then you will be ready to go.


Step 2

Type in your postcode in the top box and search for your farm address.

Insert your SBI number (also known as your RPA ID), into the appropriate section, highlighted here, and select validate.


Step 3

Once your SBI number is validated the three sections, to the right, will become available to you. These sections in turn allow you to name and import your Land Parcels, Land Cover and Hedges.

Simply type in the name you would like to give the land parcels and the layer you would like to assign them too and lick ‘Import’. For simplicity, each section has already been given a suggested layer name, this allows you to isolate and examine just the hedges for example.

Note: There is the option to ‘Import as a single shapefile’. As an example, when importing your hedges, if you selected this choice it would unite them as one. Meaning you could not edit them separately. We advise not selecting this option, therefore, you can change and edit your maps the best way for you.


Step 4

Once you have imported this information it will all appear and load on your maps!

Having allocated the three sections to different layers you can view them separately or layered on top of each other for a fuller picture of your land.

Linking data to your fields in Maps

Creating Shapefiles using Magic Maps to add to your Estate in Maps