How to find the date of the aerial photography you are looking at

Both the Aerial and AerialXtra photography have a map key showing the patchwork nature of the dates of the aerial photography used to create a whole of GB aerial photography map. However when you are looking at a particular area, you can find out the exact date the aerial photography you are looking at was captured.

Select the Information Tool and click on the map indicating your point of interest. The capture date of the aerial photography tile will be shown along with it's geographic extent. If the tile is a composite of more than one aerial photograph you will see two dates. This happens sometimes if cloud cover over an area has required more than one aerial photograph to be used to create a single tile.

Aerial Date

The date might be interesting when comparing against historic and contemporary mapping but it also assists in understanding the landscape as it looks due to identifying the time of year – so a photograph captured during the summer months will have far more foliage on trees than say one captured in April or October.