Data Access

All use of CS data must be acknowledged: click here for information on citing use of Countryside Survey data and publications.

This page is the gateway to the data from Countryside Survey. The published reports can only present a small proportion of the data collected in surveys between 1978 and 2007. There is a wealth of further information that can be extracted from the data that will help inform users about change in different aspects of the Countryside over this period.


To access the data held here, you will need to become a registered user. We feel it is important that we can contact you with any updates, new releases or changes to Countryside Survey results. Please read the terms and conditions of use of these data. These are mainly to protect the public investment and ongoing validity of these unique data. Your details will only be used for this purpose and not given to any third parties.

Summary Data access

Summary data can be queried directly by registered users from this gateway and viewed and downloaded in graphical and tabular formats. Users have access to literally thousands of potential figures and tables but through necessity we can not provide any interpretation. Users are therefore referred to the Countryside Survey technical reports to help inform your own interpretations of the data accessed.

We hope that you find exploration and use of these data valuable to your work and welcome any feedback.


Survey Data access (at the detailed survey square level)

Countryside Survey square level data is now available for licensed users to download for a wide range of geographic regions across Great Britain i.e. squares that fall within the boundaries of pre-determined political and geographic areas like administrative counties and National Parks. This is an exciting development for Countryside Survey with the intent of making the data easily and quickly accessible to potential users.

Countryside Survey data is complex. To help get the most from your use of the data and guard against any inappropriate use it is important that you familiarise yourself with the sampling design and methodology used to collect the data and the dataset and metadata descriptions for the downloaded files. It is particularly important users appreciate that the presence of one or more squares within an area selected does not mean that those squares are representative of that area, except where those areas are countries and the Environmental Zones defined in Countryside Survey.

Please note that the actual locations of Countryside Survey squares are considered to be confidential to preserve the representativeness of sampling sites and the goodwill of landowners. Please follow this link for further information.

Further background information which will help to inform your interpretations of the data can be found in the CS results and technical reports available from the 2007 Survey. Please ensure that you understand the data and its limitations before drawing any conclusions and acting upon them. If in any doubt please consult with relevant experts.

Becoming a licensed user is easy and can be done quickly using the online registration process. If you are already a user of the summary data access you will need to agree to a new licence. Access and use of the data is free of charge provided that it is downloaded directly from this service, properly acknowledged/cited and that your intended use is not excluded by the “RESTRICTIONS ON USE” in the click-through data licence. For any enquiries relating to use of Countryside Survey data not permitted by the licence, please send details of your request to with reference to CS Data Licensing.

Countryside Information System (CIS)

Countryside Survey datasets for use with the CIS are available here.

Land Cover Map 2007

For further information about Land Cover Map 2007 please click here.