UKCEH Countryside Survey data are 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 UKCEH Countryside Survey squares are kept 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 Survey results and technical reports available from the Surveys. 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 by registering with the UKCEH Environmental Information Platform. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to CS Data Licensing.
All use of UKCEH Countryside Survey data must be acknowledged: click here for information on citing use of Survey data and publications.