European Diploma for Protected Areas:
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.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Dingwall Business Park,
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.
The National Trust for Scotland
5 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh EH2 4 DU
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.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Sandy-Bedfordshire SG19 2 DL
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.
Peak District National Park Authority Aldern House
Derbyshire DE45 1AE
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.
Council County Hall
Dorchester DT1 1XJ
Purbeck Heritage Coast