Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Evaluating Recent Changes to the Publication of UK Agricultural Census Data

NICK EVANS
Geography
Vol. 81, No. 3 (July 1996), pp. 225-234
Published by: Geographical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40572795
Page Count: 10
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Download ($8.99)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Evaluating Recent Changes to the Publication of UK Agricultural Census Data
Preview not available

Abstract

The UK's agricultural census remains one of the most convenient and widely used sources of data for agricultural studies in geography. Concerns over the ability of the census to preserve the confidentiality of farmers submitting information has led the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) to change the format in which it is presented.'Parish groups' rather than the individual parishes comprising a county now represent the smallest scale at which data are available in England. Using a simple technique to classify agriculture in the county of Hereford and Worcester, the implications of this change for the investigation of agricultural land use patterns are examined. It appears that parish groups can provide the investigator with an overview of a county's agriculture and raise some specific research questions. However, a significant loss of information is also revealed when compared with the same classification conducted at the parish scale. A major problem is that information likely to be of greatest interest in an intra-county study of agricultural patterns is precisely that which is lost at the parish group level. For detailed agricultural studies based on census information, parish groups are rather too broad and arbitrary amalgamations of data.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
225
    225
  • Thumbnail: Page 
226
    226
  • Thumbnail: Page 
227
    227
  • Thumbnail: Page 
228
    228
  • Thumbnail: Page 
229
    229
  • Thumbnail: Page 
230
    230
  • Thumbnail: Page 
231
    231
  • Thumbnail: Page 
232
    232
  • Thumbnail: Page 
233
    233
  • Thumbnail: Page 
234
    234