All Scotland Survey

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Vertical aerial survey covering all of Scotland. Central belt was photographed in colour. Associated sortie plots held.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1987 the Central Research Unit of the Scottish Development Department (SDD) commissioned air photography to cover the whole of Scotland. The survey was co-sponsored by the Nature Conservancy Council, the Forestry Commission and the Countryside Commission for Scotland.

The photography was commissioned to help measure change in countryside features and to provide a public archive and permanent record of the land cover of Scotland in the late 1980s. Increasing public debate following the passage of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and wider environmental issues exposed a gap in basic information and knowledge about the nature and scale of change in the countryside (covering land use, landscape, landcover and habitat issues).

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Imagery is accessible via the NCAP website , search room, and Paid Search Service.

Other Finding Aids

Electronic index is accessible on the NCAP website and in the search room.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

9-inch wide rolled aerial film, 9-inch wide cut aerial film / 9x9-inch prints / paper sortie plots.

Conditions Governing Use

Crown Copyright and standard licence terms for use apply.

Custodial History

Held from creation by the Scottish Office. Within the Scottish Office it was held by the Air Photographs Unit within the Scottish Development Department. The collection was transferred to RCAHMS in 1993.

Geographical Names