Scotland Dep — Current theme: Agriculture and Land Use

These simple graphs compare Scotland with national trends:




Agriculture and Land Use

This aspect of the Vision of Britain system presents data from two kinds of source: Agricultural Censuses, which gathered data on the kinds of crops planted and animals raised, usually from farmers; and Land Use Mapping, which actually surveyed land use, field by field. Work on this theme has been funded by DEFRA, the Environment Agency and the Frederick Soddy Trust. Our most detailed information on land use is, in fact, the complete set of the maps published by the Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain, included in our 'Historical Mapping' section.



We hold these detailed statistics for Scotland, which we graph and tabulate here:

Available datasets Period covered Variables
(number of categories)
Acreages of different crops, as reported by the 1931 Scottish Agricultural Census 1931 Agricultural Census Crop Categories for 1931 (20)
Acreages of different crops, as reported by the 1961 Scottish Agricultural Census 1961 Agricultural Census Crop Categories for 1961 (18)
Acreages of different crops, as reported by the Agricultural Census for 1891 through 1901. 1901 Agricultural Census Crop Categories, 1891-1901 (18)
Acreages of different crops, as reported by the Agricultural Census in 1871. 1870 to 1877 Agricultural Census Crop Categories, 1871- (17)
Acreages of different crops, as reported by the Agricultural Census in 1881. 1884 to 1885 Agricultural Census Crop Categories, 1881- (16)
Acreages of different small fruit, as reported by the 1961 Scottish Farm Census 1961 Scottish Farm Census Small Fruit Categories for 1961 (3)
Acreages of different vegetable, as reported by the 1961 Scottish Farm Census 1961 Scottish Farm Census Vegetable Categories for 1961 (13)
Acreages of farms by type of tenure. 1901 Agricultural Census Tenure-type Categories for 1891 (2)
Ages and usage of fowls (chickens) as recorded by the Agricultural Census 1961 Agricultural Census Categories of Fowl in 1960 (4)
Ages of fowls (chickens) as recorded by the Agricultural Census 1961 Agricultural Census Categories of Fowl in 1950 (2)
Ages of sheep as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1870 to 1885 Agricultural Census Sheep Categories for 1866-1891 (2)
Ages of sheep as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 Agricultural Census Sheep Categories for 1900-10 (3)
Basic land use categories, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1870 to 1961 Land Areas reported by the Agricultural Census (6)
Categories of Cattle as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1870 to 1885 Agricultural Census Cattle Categories for 1866-91 (3)
Categories of Cattle as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 Agricultural Census Cattle Categories for 1900-01 (4)
Categories of Cattle as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1931 Agricultural Census Cattle Categories for 1920-31 (7)
Categories of Cattle as reported by the Scottish Census. 1961 Scottish Farm Census Cattle Categories for 1961 (20)
Categories of horse as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1870 to 1885 Agricultural Census Horse Categories for 1870-1885 (2)
Categories of horse as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 Agricultural Census Horse Categories for 1900-10 (3)
Categories of horse as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1931 Agricultural Census Horse Categories for 1920-31 (5)
Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1870 to 1961 Agricultural Census Categories for Farmland (2)
Farmland Use, as reported by the Land Utilisation Survey 1931 Land Utilisation Survey farmland categories (2)
Farmworkers, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1931 Agricultural Census Categories for Farmworkers in 1930 (6)
Farmworkers, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1931 to 1961 Agricultural Census Generalised Categories for Farmworkers (5)
Farmworkers, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1961 Scottish Agricultural Census Categories for Farmworkers in 1961 (8)
Generalised agricultural crop classification for 1866-1970. 1870 to 1961 Agricultural Census Generalised Crop Categories (13)
Generalised Categories for Horses as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1870 to 1931 Agricultural Census Generalised Horse Categories (2)
Generalised Cattle Categories as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 to 1961 Agricultural Census Generalised Cattle Categories (3)
Generalised Crop Acreages 1870 to 1961 Generalised Crop Categories (6)
Generalised Pig Categories as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1961 Agricultural Census Generalised Pig Categories (3)
Generalised Sheep Categories as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 to 1961 Agricultural Census Generalised Sheep Categories (3)
Land Utilisation in the 1930s (LUSGB data) 1931 Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain categories (6)
Pasture Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1870 to 1961 Agricultural Census Categories for Pasture (2)
Permanent Grassland, as reported by the 1931 Scottish Farm Census 1931 1931 Scottish Farm Census Categories for Permanent Grassland (3)
Sizes of farms as reported by the Scottish Agricultural Census. 1961 Scottish Agricultural Census Farm Size Categories for 1961 (13)
Total area, in acres 1931 Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain Total (1)
Total areas of reporting units 1870 to 1961 Total Area (for Farm Census) (1)
Total Farm Workforce, as reported by the Agricultural Census 1931 to 1961 Variable for total number of farmworkers (1)
Total number of farms and smallholdings 1961 Total Number of Farms (1)
Types of Animal reported by the Agricultural Census 1870 to 1961 Types of animal listed by the Agricultural Census (6)
Types of pig as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1901 Agricultural Census Pig Categories for 1900-10 (2)
Types of pig as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1931 Agricultural Census Pig Categories for 1920-30 (3)
Types of pig as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1961 Agricultural Census Pig Categories for 1940-41 (8)
Types of poultry as recorded by the Agricultural Census. 1884 to 1961 Agricultural Census Poultry Categories (4)
Types of sheep as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1931 Agricultural Census Sheep Categories for 1920-30 (4)
Types of sheep as reported by the Agricultural Census. 1961 Scottish Farm Census Sheep Categories for 1961 (5)

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