Barr, C.J. et al

Countryside Survey 1984 mapped estimates of linear feature lengths in Great Britain

This dataset consists of stock (length) data for linear features across Great Britain in 1984 in a vector format. The data are national estimates generated by analysing the sample data from 384 1km squares surveyed for the Countryside Survey long term monitoring project, then scaling up to a national level. The data are presented as mean lengths per 1km square for seven different feature categories within 45 different land class types, based on the ITE Land Classification. The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside, carried out by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 with repeated visits to the majority of squares. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to linear features, habitat areas, species plot, soil plot, freshwater habitat and satellite map data are also produced by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2014-12-04

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Format of the dataset : ESRI shapefile

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Barr, C.J.; Bunce, R.G.H.; Maskell, L.C.; Norton, L.R.; Scott, R.J.; Scott, W.A.; Smart, S.M.; Stuart, R.C.; Whittaker, H.A.; Wood, C.M.; Wright, S.M. (2014). Countryside Survey 1984 mapped estimates of linear feature lengths in Great Britain. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
1984-05-01    to    1984-10-31

Provenance & quality

The data were recorded onto paper field sheets in the summer of 1984 by surveyors. Data were recorded from 384 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. The boundary lines were digitized in the 1990s. The digitized data were used to generate national estimates of the stock of linear features for Great Britain using the standard Countryside Survey methodology (refer to the online documentation). Estimates are presented by ITE Land Class (2007 version), as mean lengths per 1km square.

Correspondence/contact details

Claire Wood
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Barr, C.J.
Institute of Terrestrial Eoclogy
Bunce, R.G.H.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Maskell, L.C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Norton, L.R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, R.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, W.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smart, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Stuart, R.C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Whittaker, H.A.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wright, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Natural Environment Research Council


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
banks,  fences,  grass strips,  Great Britain,  hedges,  tree lines,  walls
Habitats and Biotopes