Morton, R.D.; Rowland, C.S.; Wood, C.M.; Meek, L.; Marston, C.G.; Smith, G.M.

Land Cover Map 2007 (vector, GB) v1.2

This dataset consists of the vector version of the Land Cover Map 2007 for Great Britain, containing individual parcels of land cover. The dataset is part of a series of data products produced by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology known as LCM2007. LCM2007 is a parcel-based thematic classification of satellite image data covering the entire United Kingdom. The map updates and upgrades the Land Cover Map of Great Britain (LCMGB) 1990 and LCM2000. Like the earlier 1990 and 2000 products, LCM2007 is derived from a computer classification of satellite scenes obtained mainly from Landsat, IRS and SPOT sensors and also incorporates information derived from other ancillary datasets. LCM2007 was classified using a nomenclature corresponding to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Broad Habitats, which encompasses the entire range of UK habitats. In addition, it recorded further detail where possible. The series of LCM2007 products includes vector and raster formats, with a number of different versions containing varying levels of detail and at different spatial resolutions.

Publication date: 2014-07-23

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This dataset is available as

  • Geography Markup Language (gml)
  • Shapefile

You must cite: Morton, R.D.; Rowland, C.S.; Wood, C.M.; Meek, L.; Marston, C.G.; Smith, G.M. (2014). Land Cover Map 2007 (vector, GB) v1.2. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2005-09-02    to    2008-07-18

Provenance & quality

LCM2007 uses a spatial framework based on OS MasterMap (R). MasterMap was generalised to remove unnecessary detail, then the framework was segmented according to the underlying satellite data to split areas of non-uniform landscape. The data was classified according to a parcel-based supervised maximum likelihood classification procedure. The raster products are derived from the vector products. Version 1.2 includes the addition of OS tile HZ. See online documentation for further details.

Supplemental information

This dataset is referenced in:

Redhead, J. W., Fox, R., Brereton, T., & Oliver, T. H. (2016). Assessing species’ habitat associations from occurrence records, standardised monitoring data and expert opinion: A test with British butterflies. Ecological Indicators, 62, 271–278.

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

R.D. Morton, C. Rowland, C. Wood, L. Meek, C. Marston, G. Smith, R. Wadsworth, I. Simpson. July 2011 CS Technical Report No 11/07: Final Report for LCM2007 - the new UK land cover map. NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH Project Number NEC03259).

Correspondence/contact details

Morton, R.D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Morton, R.D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowland, C.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Meek, L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Marston, C.G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smith, G.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment , Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover
England Great Britain,  Land cover Monitoring & Observing Systems Parr Section Scotland Wales
Land Cover
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
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