Land cover map 2015

The Land Cover Map 2015 (LCM2015) is the latest land cover map to be produced by the UK 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.

LCM2015 updates the 2007 Land Cover Map (LCM2007) and uses an updated version of the LCM2007 spatial framework. LCM2015, like LCM2007 before it, is therefore constructed from polygons that reflect real-world boundaries. This increases both its ease of interpretation for users and also its compatibility with other geospatial data sets.

There are several LCM2015 data products and all can be obtained from UKCEH 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 2015 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 UKCEH. This was followed by Land Cover Map 2000 and Land Cover Map 2007.