Brown, M.J. et al

Landscape linear feature data 2007 [Countryside Survey]

This dataset consists of stock (length) data for landscape linear features across Great Britain in 2007. Data are presented as lengths of different feature categories (such as fences, walls and lines of trees), with associated species attributes, from 591 km squares, surveyed for the Countryside Survey long term monitoring project (note: not all surveyed squares contained linear features). The Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside, carried out by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. 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 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 linear features, habitat areas, species plot, soil plot, freshwater habitat and satellite map data are also produced by Countryside Survey.

Publication date: 2016-03-24

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Brown, M.J.; Bunce, R G.H.; Carey, P.D.; Chandler, K.; Crowe, A.; Maskell, L.C.; Norton, L.R., ; Scott, R.J.; Scott, W.A.; Smart, S. M.; Stuart, R.C.; Wood, C.M.; Wright, S.M. (2016). Landscape linear feature data 2007 [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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The following acknowledgement shall be used on all copies of the data, publications and reports, including use in presentations to any audience. 'Countryside Survey data owned by NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology'

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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-05-01    to    2007-11-30

Provenance & quality

The data were recorded using electronic data capture devices in the summer of 2007 by professional surveyors. Data were recorded from 591 1km squares sited across Britain, selected by random stratified sample. The survey was managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Standard Countryside Survey methodology was applied (refer to the online documentation).

Correspondence/contact details

Claire Wood
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Brown, M.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bunce, R G.H.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Carey, P.D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chandler, K.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Crowe, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wright, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
banks,  Countryside Survey,  Environmental survey fences,  grass strips,  Great Britain,  hedges,  tree lines,  walls,  woody linear features
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