Morton, R. D.; Marston, C. G,; O’Neil, A. W.; Rowland, C. S.

Land Cover Map 2017 (land parcels, GB)

This is the land parcels (polygon) dataset for the UKCEH Land Cover Map of 2017 (LCM2017) representing Great Britain. It describes Great Britain's land cover in 2017 using UKCEH Land Cover Classes, which are based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan broad habitats. This dataset was derived from the corresponding LCM2017 20m classified pixels dataset. All further LCM2017 datasets for Great Britain are derived from this land parcel product. A range of land parcel attributes are provided. These include the dominant UKCEH Land Cover Class given as an integer value, and a range of per-parcel pixel statistics to help assessing classification confidence and accuracy; for a full explanation please refer to the dataset documentation.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-06-22

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Format of the data: SQLite

You must cite: Morton, R. D.; Marston, C. G,; O’Neil, A. W.; Rowland, C. S. (2020). Land Cover Map 2017 (land parcels, GB). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2017-01-01    to    2017-12-31

Provenance & quality

The Land Parcels datasets of the LCM2017, LCM2018 and LCM2019 product range were derived from the corresponding 20m Classified Pixels datasets. They give per-parcel land cover information in 21 classes based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan broad habitats. A UK spatial framework of land parcels (vector-polygons) representing real-world objects (for example: fields, lakes, urban areas and so forth) was intersected with the 20m Classified Pixels to generate per-parcel pixel statistics. These include a histogram recording pixel frequency per land cover class, the modal land cover class, the total number of pixels and three attribute indicators of classification confidence. Land parcel classification results were validated against independently collected ground observations. All calculations were performed within a PosGIS database. Results were extracted from PostGIS using the QGIS export facility to give the final product as a SpatiaLite vector geodatabse. SpatiaLite is an open standard file format for geospatial vector databases and SpatiLite files can be read by most GIS software.


This dataset is included in the following collections

Land Cover Map 2017

Correspondence/contact details

Morton, R. D.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg


Morton, R. D.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Marston, C. G,
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
O’Neil, A. W.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowland, C. S.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment , Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover
Great Britain,  Land cover LCM2017,  Mapping UK-SCAPE,  vector
Land Cover
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:37