Countryside Survey - measuring change in our countryside



The new land cover map for the UK

now available

What is Countryside Survey?

Countryside Survey is 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 studied 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.

Welcome to Countryside Survey

The latest in this UK-wide series of Surveys took place in 2007 and the results and analyses are now available.

This website provides information on the 2007 Survey for the public, students, scientific researchers and policymakers. It also provides access to the findings, reports, data and analyses from the earlier Surveys.

Countryside Survey is a world leading study of change in the countryside