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  25/02/2019
Landscape Habitats      06/03/2019 
Visual and Sensory      15/01/2019
Historic Landscape      14/12/2018
Cultural Landscape       05/07/2018

News and Updates

Read about LANDMAP updates

Guidance on using LANDMAP

Methodological Guidance Guidance Notes (GN) Data and Evidence Reports
LANDMAP  Overview GN1 LANDMAP and Special Landscape Areas

Area Statement North East Wales Landscape

Area Statement North West Wales Landscape

Area Statement Mid Wales Landscape

Area Statement South East Wales Landscape

Area Statement South Wales Central Landscape

Area Statement South West Wales Landscape

Geological Landscape GN2 Accessing LANDMAP  Information  
Landscape Habitats GN3 LANDMAP and LVIA for onshore windfarms  
Visual and Sensory GN4 LANDMAP and the Cultural Landscape

All Wales statistics.

Statistics by area statement

LANDMAP Landscape Habitats Statistics 2019

Historic Landscape GN5 LANDMAP and the Geological Landscape  
Cultural Landscape  

LANDMAP Cultural landscape services  (Report 336)

LANDMAP Cultural Landscape Services - Sense of Place and Belonging II -Placenames (Report 347)

LANDMAP climate change classification  

Summary LANDMAP, landscape and changing climate

LANDMAP, Landscape and a Changing Climate

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 and 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
Senior Landscape Specialist
Natural Resources Wales
Tel: 0300 065 4706