A new mapping approach is revealing the environmental ‘DNA’ of the UK

Image from the map, courtesy of NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Image from the map, courtesy of NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Created by the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, it takes every scrap of land in the UK and identifies the habitat there – from the beaches of west Wales to the broad fields of East Anglia.

‘Improved grassland’ and ‘arable and horticulture’ are the biggest habitats, each boasting 25 per cent of the area of the UK. Other sizeable habitats include ‘mountain, heath and bog (16 per cent) and ‘semi-natural grassland’ (13 per cent).

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