Vegetation - OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence .

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see an Ordnance Survey Get-a-map section of 1:25,000 scale map.

For vegetation there are more symbols on 25K than on 50 K maps. Woods and orchards have symbols on 50K maps - see Land feature symbols on 50K mapsExternal link for our examples of them.

DescriptionSymbolPhotoNotes
Coniferous trees OS 25K symbol - Coniferous trees NR7118 : Forest on Beinn Ghulean by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link
Non-coniferous trees OS 25K symbol - Non-coniferous trees TQ0509 : Norfolk Clump by Robin WebsterMap linkExternal link
Coppice OS 25K symbol - Coppice TL2852 : Mature Coppice, Hayley Wood by Rob NobleMap linkExternal link The wood has some coppice symbols and some non-coniferous tree symbols.
Scrub OS 25K symbol - Scrub SX2467 : St Cleer Downs by Hugh VenablesMap linkExternal link The area around here has the symbol for scrub (three blobs, tallest on left), and many areas that might be considered scrub have the symbol for bracken, heath and rough grassland
Bracken, heath or rough grassland OS 25K symbol - Bracken, heath or rough grassland SH6523 : Towards the summit of Diffwys by Rudi Winter Map linkExternal link There seem to be several slightly different symbols, this area has the one with vertical strokes but no blobs, presumably the one for rough grassland.
Bracken, heath or rough grassland OS 25K symbol - Bracken, heath or rough grassland SN7751 : Bracken-covered slope in Cwm Doethie by Rudi WinterMap linkExternal link Symbol with some blobs - bracken here
Marsh, reeds or saltings OS 25K symbol - Marsh, reeds or saltings SE4007 : Reed beds near to the River Dearne and RSPB Edderthorpe Flash by Steve  FarehamMap linkExternal link Reeds
Marsh, reeds or saltings OS 25K symbol - Marsh, reeds or saltings SD4157 : Saltmarsh by Michael Graham Map linkExternal link Saltmarsh
Orchard OS 25K symbol - Orchard TQ8962 : Orchard by Starveacre Lane by Penny MayesMap linkExternal link


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