LANDMAP - the Welsh landscape baseline

LANDMAP - the Welsh landscape baseline

LANDMAP is an all-Wales landscape resource where landscape characteristics, qualities and influences on the landscape are recorded and evaluated.

It’s a tool to help sustainable decision-making and natural resource planning at a range of levels from local to national whilst ensuring transparency in decision-making.

What’s included in LANDMAP?

Five, nationally consistent, quality assured spatial datasets:

  • Geological Landscape
  • Landscape Habitats
  • Visual and Sensory
  • Historic Landscape
  • Cultural Landscape


  • Maps and classifies landscapes from the unique perspective of each dataset
  • Describes their key characteristics, qualities and components
  • Evaluates their importance from a national to local scale
  • Recommends locally appropriate management guidelines
  • Identifies significant landscape change through monitoring of the baseline resource

How to access LANDMAP

Use the interactive maps to view maps and surveys. Guidance Note 2 provides step by step instructions.

You can also download LANDMAP maps and surveys to use in a GIS environment from:

Date of current LANDMAP datasets
Geological Landscape   25/10/13
Landscape Habitats      04/02/13
Visual and Sensory      17/10/13
Historic Landscape       18/10/13
Cultural Landscape      20/12/11

Guidance on using LANDMAP

Methodological Guidance Guidance Notes (GN)
LANDMAP  Overview GN1 LANDMAP & Special Landscape Areas
Geological Landscape GN2 Accessing LANDMAP  Information
Landscape Habitats GN3 LANDMAP & LVIA for onshore windfarms
Visual & Sensory GN4 LANDMAP & the Cultural Landscape
Historic Landscape GN5 LANDMAP & the Geological Landscape

Cultural Landscape

Monitoring Landscape Change
Quality Assuring LANDMAP  Information

LANDMAP is used to inform planning, policy, strategies, evidence and advice, such as:

  • development control, forward planning and local development plans
  • supplementary planning guidance, design guidance and sensitivity studies
  • landscape evidence at public inquiries
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments
  • Special Landscape Area designations
  • Natural Resource Planning and Cultural Services
  • National Park & AONB statutory management plans, special qualities and ‘State of’ reports
  • landscape monitoring
  • Local Landscape Character Areas and National Landscape Character Areas
  • Local Seascape Character Areas and National Marine Character Areas


Jill Bullen
Uwch Arbenigwr Tirlun - Senior Landscape Specialist
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru - Natural Resources Wales
Ffôn/Tel: 0300 065 4706
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