Last edited 07 Jan 2019

Natural area

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Natural areas are sub-divisions of England, defined by Natural England, each with a characteristic association of wildlife and natural features. They provide a way of interpreting ecological variations in terms of natural features, illustrating the distinctions between one area and another.

Ref The HS2 London-West Midlands Environmental Statement, Glossary of terms and list of abbreviations, DETR 2013.

National Character Area (NCA) profile documents explain how environmental evidence and information about places can be accessed and used. They divide England into 159 natural areas defined by a unique combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity, history, and cultural and economic activity. Their boundaries follow natural lines in the landscape rather than administrative boundaries.

Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-character-area-profiles-data-for-local-decision-making

See also: Landscape character area

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