The most important element of an environmental (or wildlife) map is a description of habitat. This site sometimes mentions particular birds or mammals that are noteworthy in a specific area. Naturally no-one can guarantee that these will always be present.
Gardens are an amazingly rich (and often undervalued) habitat for wildlife. A statistic quoted on the BBC early in 2004, - "the total area of garden space in England is equal to the size of the county of Norfolk". Most gardens contain lots of flowers and berries, varied plants, and freshly dug soil, which all provide a marvelous habitat for a huge range of insects and birds. In addition, many people have garden ponds, which are homes and breeding grounds for frogs, toads and newts, although goldfish will usually make short work of frogs spawn etc. Some people erect bird tables, bird feeders or bird / bat boxes etc. Despite their significant positive influence, we have not included references to private gardens in this review, purely for practical purposes - it is very difficult to get access to such places. If anyone wants to add a section on the wildlife or environmental profile of their own garden, please let us know, and we will be happy to add them.
There are five parts to this section -
- Land Use (note that this link takes you, for now, to a page on the old web site)
- Features in the Environment
- Environment Types
- Boundary Types
- Environment Links