In this paper we address the challenge of extracting maps of spatially varying unknown additive biases from cosmic shear data. This is done by exploiting the isotropy of the cosmic shear field, and the anisotropy of a typical additive bias field, using an autocorrelation discrepancy map; which identifies significant non-Gaussian components of the map. We test this approach using simulations and find that the autocorrelation discrepancy map produces spatially varying features that are indicative of the additive bias field both in amplitude and spatial variation. We then apply this to the Dark Energy Survey Year 1 data, and find evidence for spatially varying additive biases of at most 0.002 on large-scales. The method can be used to empirically inform modelling of the spatially varying additive bias field in any cosmological parameter inference, and can act as a validation test for cosmic shear surveys.