Bunce, R.G.H.; Barr, C.J.; Clarke, R.T.; Howard, D.C.; Scott, W.A.

ITE Land Classification of Great Britain 2007

The Land Classification 2007 is a classification of Great Britain into a set of 45 environmental strata, termed land classes, to be used as a basis for ecological survey, originally developed by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITE) in the late 1970s and building upon previous 1990 and 1998 versions. The strata were created from the multivariate analysis of 75 environmental variables, including climatic data, topographic data, human geographical features and geology data. The Land Classification can be used to stratify a wide range of ecological and biogeographical surveys to improve the efficiency of collection, analysis and presentation of information derived from a sample. The Land Classification 2007 provided stratification for the Countryside Survey of Great Britain 2007 and was adjusted from the 1998 version as a consequence of needing to provide National Estimates for habitats for Wales from Countryside Survey 2007 in addition to Scotland and GB as a whole. Both the 1990 version and the 1998 versions are also available.

Publication date: 2007-05-01

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Format of the dataset : ESRI Shapefile format

You must cite: Bunce, R.G.H.; Barr, C.J.; Clarke, R.T.; Howard, D.C.; Scott, W.A. (2007). ITE Land Classification of Great Britain 2007. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5f0605e4-aa2a-48ab-b47c-bf5510823e8f


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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-05-01    to    …

Supplemental information

This dataset is referenced in:

Redhead, J.W., Woodcock, B.A., Pocock, M.J.O., Pywell, R.F., Vanbergen, A.J., & Oliver, T.H. (2018). Potential landscape-scale pollinator networks across Great Britain: structure, stability and influence of agricultural land cover. Ecology Letters.
Gillespie, M. A. K., Baude, M., Biesmeijer, J., Boatman, N., Budge, G. E., Crowe, A., … Kunin, W. E. (2017). A method for the objective selection of landscape-scale study regions and sites at the national level. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(11), 1468–1476.

Provenance & quality

The 2007 version of the ITE Land Classification was developed from earlier classifications from 1990 and 1998 which used environmental data from all 240,000 km squares in GB to create the stratifications. It contains 45 classes or strata, distributed across Great Britain. Each stratum consists of areas with similar environmental characteristics. The classification differs from the 1998 version by splitting classes in England and creating additional classes in Wales. Further information is provided in the supporting documents available in the Online Resources.

Correspondence/contact details

Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Bunce, R.G.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Barr, C.J.
Clarke, R.T.
Bournemouth University
Howard, D.C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scott, W.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


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


Topic categories
Environment , Geoscientific Information
ecology,  Great Britain,  landscape ecology,  Mapping
Bio-geographical Regions