Barr, C.J. et al

Countryside Survey 1984 estimates of Broad Habitat areas in Great Britain

This dataset consists of stock (area) data for Broad Habitats across Great Britain in 1984. The data are national estimates generated by analysing the sample data from 384 1km squares and scaling up to a national level. The data are summarized as habitat area per Land Class (areas of similar environmental characteristics). The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB and using the 'ITE Land Classification' as a method of stratification. The data were collected as part of Countryside Survey, a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The Survey has been carried out at regular intervals since 1978. 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. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 with repeated visits to the majority of squares. In addition to habitat areas, species plot, soil plot, linear habitat, freshwater habitat and satellite map data are also produced by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2014-01-15

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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 estimates of Broad Habitat areas in Great Britain. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Temporal extent
1984-05-01    to    1984-09-30

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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 areas of UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) Broad Habitats were digitized in 2000. The digitized data were used to generate national estimates of the stock of Broad Habitats for Great Britain using the standard Countryside Survey methodology (refer to the online documentation). Estimates are presented by ITE Land Class (1998 version). Data are managed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster.


Barr, C.J.
Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
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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Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


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Monitoring & Observing Systems
Environmental survey
Parr Section
Place keywords
Great Britain
Theme keywords
Land cover

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