Broughton, R.K.; Gerard, F.; Haslam, R.; Howard, A.S.

Woody habitat corridor data in South West England

This dataset contains polylines depicting non-woodland linear tree and shrub features in Cornwall and much of Devon, derived from lidar data collected by the Tellus South West project. Data from a lidar (light detection and ranging) survey of South West England was used with existing open source GIS datasets to map non-woodland linear features consisting of woody vegetation. The output dataset is the product of several steps of filtering and masking the lidar data using GIS landscape feature datasets available from the Tellus South West project (digital terrain model (DTM) and digital surface model (DSM)), the Ordnance Survey (OS VectorMap District and OpenMap Local, to remove buildings) and the Forestry Commission (Forestry Commission National Forest Inventory Great Britain 2015, to remove woodland parcels). The dataset was tiled as 20 x 20 km shapefiles, coded by the bottom-left 10 km hectad name.

Publication date: 2017-03-21

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

Format of the dataset : Shapefile

You must cite: Broughton, R.K.; Gerard, F.; Haslam, R.; Howard, A.S. (2017). Woody habitat corridor data in South West England. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2013-07-01    to    2013-08-31

Provenance & quality

The output data product has not been ground truthed, nor exhaustively checked for all errors. Extensive manual checking (comparison to aerial imagery) removed obvious anomalies, but many are likely to be remaining. Particular issues with misclassification of features at the coast resulted in all features within a 50 m buffer of the high water mark being removed. Some areas of tall in-field crops are probably also present as apparent low scrub, and difficulty in rendering very irregular patches of trees and scrub have created very dense or very simplistic areas of polylines.

Correspondence/contact details

Richard Broughton
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom


Broughton, R.K.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gerard, F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Haslam, R.
British Geological Survey
Howard, A.S.
British Geological Survey

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type


Topic categories
Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover
NEC05019,  Tellus South West Project
Land Cover