Land cover map 2007

The Land Cover Map 2007 (LCM2007) is the latest land cover map to be produced by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

It has been derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.

LCM2007 builds upon the successes of the previous land cover map (LCM2000) and employs enhanced classification techniques. LCM2007 results are derived from digital cartography, refined with image segments. Deriving objects from digital cartography is advantageous as cartographic boundaries very accurately describe real-world land cover objects such as lakes, fields, settlements, industrial areas, semi-natural areas etc. This significantly improves accuracy.

There are several LCM 2007 data products and all can be obtained from CEH under licence for academic, non-commercial and commercial use. Most are available free of charge but there may be a licensing fee for some as the data is derived from Ordnance Survey data.

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Get the data

Land Cover Map 2007 is available in different formats and at different resolutions to suit the requirements of various users


How LCM is used

Land cover maps have been used by government departments & agencies, county councils, charities and environmental management bodies


Previous versions

Land Cover Map 1990 was the first map of land cover to be completed by CEH. This was followed by Land Cover Map 2000