Calculating percentage of one polygon that falls within the extent of another?

Discussion created by mortimer.twist on Dec 17, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 18, 2013 by mortimer.twist
I'm trying to calculate "landcover" ??? the percentage/proportion of various habitat types (Landcover shape file) that fall within the boundaries of various location buffers (a separate shape file).

I realize I can do this by clipping the landcover layer to each buffer and calculating the geometry/area of the habitat fields in the newly clipped landcover area layers to arrive at a proportion of cover for each buffer, but as I have over 550 buffers this would be incredibly time consuming.

Is there a more automated way I can achieve this?

Thank you