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Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme

Scotland's landscapes are dynamic. Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme will allow us to assess better how our landscapes are changing; and to identify key trends and their significance in terms of how people feel about them and respond to them.  It's a national programme involving several partners and covering a range of topics encompassing the diversity of Scotland's landscapes. 

The monitoring brings together existing and new data to monitor landscape change in a meaningful, practical and efficient way. It has been developed through research, data review and pilot project work, including a workshop with partners in 2014.  At the heart of the programme is a number of landscape indicators grouped into four themes:

  • Landscape Qualities
  • Public Perception
  • Land Cover
  • Built Development

The monitoring programme will develop in phases; with this first phase being published in Spring 2017.

Published Landscape Indicators - first phase

The first phase indicators are the more straightforward examples such as existing mapped datasets being collated or currently reported opinion survey results. Meanwhile, we are working with others on piloting other methods, for example fixed point photography, to provide a more rounded picture of landscape change.

The following Landscape Indicators have been published to date, and form part of the Scottish Natural Heritage suite of Natural Heritage Indicators. More information is provided in Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme: an introduction  PDF document .

Landscape Qualities

Public Perception

Land Cover

Built Development



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