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Natural Areas

English Nature developed a map of England based on landscape, wildlife and natural features. Oxfordshire includes parts of 6 Natural Areas, shown in the map. Although they are all dominated by farming which covers 70% of the county, each natural area has its own characteristics and special features influenced by its special climate, geology, land use, culture and topography. Wildlife rarely pays regard to administrative boundaries; therefore an alternative division of the countryside is needed for identifying nature conservation priorities and coordinating action.

Some of the Habitat Action Plans are more important in some natural areas than others, for example the Chalk & Limestone Grassland HAP is most important in the Cotswolds, the Chilterns and the Berkshire and Marlborough Downs.

To find out more about these natural areas click on the links below.

Oxfordshire Species Action Plans Oxfordshire Habitat Action Plans Current Activities