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Awarded Areas in United Kingdom


Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Mountain heathland in north-west Scotland in the area around Loch Maree, rising to 977 m; it includes remnants of the post-glacial pinewoods of the ancient Caledonian forest.

For information:
Scottish Natural Heritage
Fodderty Way,
Dingwall Business Park,
Dingwall,
IV15 9XB

Website
EUNIS factsheet


Fair Isle National Scenic Area
Fair isle is an isolated and almost completely treeless island lying between Orkney and Shetland, whose climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream. In the summer there are 21 days of fog per month, on average. The landscape is of two types: moorland and cliff to the north and gentle terrain and mugged coastline to the south where the land is comparatively fertile with grasslands and some arable cultivations. Most of the 70 habitants are farmers (crofters) living on 19 crofts, tenure of which is generally hereditary; activities include a knitting co-operative, some fishing and tradition crafts namely: fiddle making, boat building.

For information:
The National Trust for Scotland
5 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh EH2 4 DU

Website
EUNIS factsheet


Minsmere Nature Reserve
Situated on the Suffolk coast, in Eastern England, Minsmere consists of fenland areas which in 1940 were flooded as an anti-invasion measure. In 1962 work commenced on the construction of a 17 hectare shallow lagoon system. Minsmere is the most important bird reserve in the United Kingdom.

For information:
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
the Lodge
Sandy-Bedfordshire SG19 2 DL

Website
EUNIS factsheet


Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park is the first designated national park in the United Kingdom. It is situated at the centre of England, between Sheffield and Manchester, one of the most accessible of our protected landscapes. Almost one third of the National Park comprises areas of international importance designated as Natura 2000 sites. The National Park contains a variety of landscapes ranging from upland bogs and heathland through historic walled farmed landscapes and wooded valleys. Historic parklands, bronze-age settlements and lead mines form some of the significant cultural heritage features in the landscape.

For information:
Peak District National Park Authority Aldern House
Baslow Road
Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1AE
United Kingdom

Website
EUNIS factsheet


Purbeck Heritage Coast
Purbeck is a 40-kilometre stretch of coast on the English Channel between Weymouth and Bournemouth. The landscape is extremely diversified, with spectacular cliffs, dunes, islands and mesothermophilous meadows. It is subject to a wide variety of statutory controls operated by different bodies.

For information:
Dorset County
Council County Hall
Dorchester DT1 1XJ

Purbeck Heritage Coast
EUNIS factsheet




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