Opportunity For Restoration
Local Authority Boundaries
This web tool shows maps of Scotland's landcover in 2019 and 2020, as well as maps on where habitat restoration is more or less desirable according to different factors. The maps were produced by Space Intelligence, a Scottish company headquartered in Edinburgh, in partnership with NatureScot, Scotland's Nature Agency.
The production of these maps was funded by the Scottish Government through the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by Scottish Enterprise, and by NatureScot.
To use the site, select the layer you want to view using the 'Layers' button at the top. The relevant key for each layer is visible through toggling the arrow on the left hand side. The site also includes the functionality to 'query' the map and find out how the area of different landcover types have changed within a specific region of Scotland. To use this select an area under the 'Regional Statistics' button at the top, and click the arrow on the right hand side to open/close a table giving the area in hectares. This bar also has at the bottom the option to export the resulting table as a CSV, suitable for further analysis in e.g. Excel or R.
These maps have an accuracy of over 90%, but (like all maps) are not 100%. They are also based on 20m x 20m pixels, and habitat patches smaller than that size will not be captured. We are confident on the overall national and regional statistics, but some local changes visible will inevitably be a result of incorrect classification. If you can see any area that doesn't look quite right, please let us know: we'd love to make these maps better still.
C Surface standing and running waters
D1 Raised and blanket bogs
D2 Valley mires, poor fens and transition mires
D4 Base-rich fens and calcareous spring mires
E1 Dry grasslands
E2 Mesic grassland
E3 Seasonally wet and wet grasslands
E4 Alpine and subalpine grasslands
E5 Woodland fringes and clearings and tall forb stands
F2 Arctic, alpine and subalpine scrub
F3 Temperate and mediterranean-montane scrub
F4 Temperate shrub heathland
F9 Riverine and fen scrubs
G1 Broadleaved deciduous woodland
G3 Coniferous woodland
G4 Mixed deciduous and coniferous woodland
G5 Lines of trees, small anthropogenic woodlands, early-stage woodland and coppice
H3 Cliffs and rock pavements
I1 Arable land and market gardens
O Bare field