Land use change is an undisputed major driver of biodiversity change, affecting species richness patterns from local to global scales. Yet, current assessments of biodiversity change frequently neglect that species often face habitat change instead of habitat loss, and that not all species respond equally to it. Here, I expand our understanding of species responses to habitat change, while refining a tool to predict biodiversity change across scales. The countryside SAR framework presented here emerges as a unifying framework that retains the heuristic property of the classic SAR model, while being capable of accounting for the wider effects of the landscape on biodiversity. Above all, conservation and prioritization strategies that consider a broad spectrum of habitat responses from multiple species groups have the potential to be more successful in safeguarding the multiple levels of biodiversity.