I have some site boundary data as follow:


Reading those is R via rgdal package:

myfile = readOGR(dsn = dsn
                 layer = "UNB_BDSB_SiBdry_v08_201028lico_25831")

I'm getting a warning:

OGR data source with driver: ESRI Shapefile 
Source: dsn, layer: "UNB_BDSB_SiBdry_v08_201028lico_25831"
with 1 features
It has 4 fields
Warning message:
In OGRSpatialRef(dsn, layer, morphFromESRI = morphFromESRI, dumpSRS = dumpSRS,  :
  Discarded datum European_Terrestrial_Reference_System_1989 in Proj4 definition: +proj=utm +zone=31 +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs

And the data looks like:

            NAME                              GISFILE SHAPE_Leng SHAPE_Area
0 Norfolk Boreas UNB_BDSB_SiBdry_v08_201028lico_25831   90513.37  442457610

Now if I use the addpolygons function from leaflet, I can not see any added polygon!

leaflet::leaflet(data = myfile) %>% addTiles() %>%
            fillColor = "green",
            highlight = highlightOptions(color = "red", weight = 5,
                                         fillOpacity = 0.7,
                                         bringToFront = TRUE))

I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the data or I am doing something wrong!

Also the result using the st_read function from the sf package is as follow :

sf_data = st_read(dsn = "\\\\sv52hcn8934.corp.vattenfall.com/bgf93$/Documents/Map/220420_AH_BdyShp",
+         layer = "UNB_BDSB_SiBdry_v08_201028lico_25831")

     NAME             GISFILE            SHAPE_Leng      SHAPE_Area                 geometry
 Length:1           Length:1           Min.   :90513   Min.   :442457610   POLYGON      :1  
 Class :character   Class :character   1st Qu.:90513   1st Qu.:442457610   epsg:25831   :0  
 Mode  :character   Mode  :character   Median :90513   Median :442457610   +proj=utm ...:0  
                                       Mean   :90513   Mean   :442457610                    
                                       3rd Qu.:90513   3rd Qu.:442457610                    
                                       Max.   :90513   Max.   :442457610 
  • Can you share the data? Can you use the sf package and function st_read to read the shapefile, and show us the summary or the normal print value of the object?
    – Spacedman
    May 9 at 20:53
  • @Spacedman, thanks for the reply, the result of using sf package added to the question ! May 10 at 6:59

1 Answer 1


Here's a sample sp-class points data frame in a projected coordinate system like your data is:

> ps
class       : SpatialPointsDataFrame 
features    : 4 
extent      : 1, 4, 1, 4  (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax)
crs         : +proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +units=m +no_defs 
variables   : 0

If I view it in leaflet, its not in the right place...

> leaflet(ps) %>% addTiles() %>% addMarkers()

and leaflet doesn't complain. But if I convert it to an sf spatial data frame and use leaflet:

> leaflet(st_as_sf(ps)) %>% addTiles() %>% addMarkers()
Warning messages:
1: sf layer is not long-lat data 
2: sf layer has inconsistent datum (+proj=tmerc +lat_0=49 +lon_0=-2 +k=0.9996012717 +x_0=400000 +y_0=-100000 +ellps=airy +units=m +no_defs).
Need '+proj=longlat +datum=WGS84' 

...I get those warnings. This is telling me that leaflet needs data in lat-long coordinates, so I can transform them to coordinate system 4326:

> leaflet(st_transform(st_as_sf(ps),4326)) %>% addTiles() %>% addMarkers()

and that gets me the points in the right place with no errors.

I don't know why leaflet doesn't warn with an sp class object but does with the equivalent sf object - its another good argument for dropping sp objects and using sf as much as possible.

  • st_transform(st_as_sf(sf_data),4326) Simple feature collection with 1 feature and 4 fields Geometry type: POLYGON Dimension: XY Bounding box: xmin: 2.75969 ymin: 52.95313 xmax: 3.112287 ymax: 53.24133 Geodetic CRS: WGS 84 NAME GISFILE SHAPE_Leng SHAPE_Area geometry 1 Norfolk Boreas UNB_BDSB_SiBdry_v08_201028lico_25831 90513.37 442457610 POLYGON ((3.058682 53.24133... May 10 at 11:18
  • leaflet(st_transform(sf_data,4326)) %>% addTiles() %>% addMarkers() Error in pointData.default(sanitize_sf(obj)) : Don't know how to get location data from object of class sfc_POLYGON,sfc May 10 at 11:19
  • I still get the error from leaflet and the error is appearing by adding the addMarkers() function, but if I remove that I will just get an empty map. May 10 at 11:20
  • 1
    I'm only using addMarkers because my test data is points. Use addPolygons for your polygons.
    – Spacedman
    May 10 at 12:21

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