Barr, C.J. et al

Landscape area data 1984 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of stock (area) data for landscape features across Great Britain in 1984. Data are presented as areas of Broad (or Priority) Habitats, with associated landscape attributes (such as plant species and land use), within a set of 379 1km squares across Great Britain.
The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. 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 by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 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 habitat areas, vegetation species data, soil data, linear habitat data, and freshwater habitat data are also gathered by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2016-01-27

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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. (2016). Landscape area data 1984 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Temporal extent
1984-05-01    to    1984-11-30


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 from 379 1km squares were digitized in 2000. 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.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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


Topic categories
CEH Topic
Environmental survey
Land use
Natural Capital
Parr Section
Environmental Monitoring Facilities

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