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  • This spatial dataset contains the digital boundaries of all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in Wales. AONBs are established under the Countryside Act of 1949, but unlike National Parks, AONBs are not created specifically for opportunities for recreation. However, recreation within AONBs is acceptable if it is consistent with the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and the

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  • This is a spatial dataset of the boundaries of Biogenetic Reserves in Wales. Biogenetic Reserves aim to conserve European flora, fauna and natural areas especially heathlands and dry grasslands, that although common in one country may be scarce in another. In this way a store of genetic material - the genes of plants and animals - is kept for the future, hence the term Biogenetic. To qualify for

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  • This spatial dataset contains the boundaries of biogenetic reserves in Wales. The Biosphere Reserve is an international designation made by UNESCO based on nominations made by more than 110 countries. These sites are chosen to conserve examples of areas which are characteristic of the world's natural regions. They must also be areas where people are important components of everyday life. The

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  • Boundaries of Conservation Areas in Wales, to conform with s.70(5) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.  This dataset provides information on the map boundaries only. For the full information, including information on designations, individuals should contact the appropriate Local Authority.

  • Most Country Parks were designated in the 1970s, under the Countryside Act 1968 with the support of the former Countryside Commission. In more recent times there has been no specific financial support for Country Parks directly, and fewer have been designated. Most are managed by local authorities, although other organisations and private individuals can also run them. A Country Park is an area

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  • This dataset shows the location of the Dee Water Protection Zone (DWPZ). A Water Protection Zone is an area where certain activities (storing or using controlled substances) are banned or restricted to reduce the risk of polluting drinking water. Under the Water Protection Zone (River Dee Catchment) (Procedural and Other Provisions) Regulations 1999, you need consent (permission) to carry out a

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  • The European nature information system, EUNIS, brings together European data from several databases and organisations into three interlinked modules on sites, species and habitat types.

  • This spatial dataset contains boundaries of heritage coasts in Wales. Heritage Coasts occupy about a third of the Welsh coastline, that is 500 km (300 miles). These sites were set up to protect our coastlines from insensitive developments. Most are defined simply by the coastline between two named points, however some have clearly defined inland boundaries. Their status carries no legal

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  • Buildings and structures of national importance are given legal protection by being placed on a ‘List’ of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Under Section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the Welsh Ministers are required to compile and maintain this list.

    The first Listing inspections were undertaken in the Post-War period.

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  • In 2015 the Marine Nature Reserve changed designation to Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). This spatial dataset contains the digital boundaries of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) former Marine Nature Reserves in Wales. MCZs and MNRs are a way of conserving marine habitats and wildlife and other features, of special importance, along the shore or on the seabed. Skomer, the first and only MNR in

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  • This layer shows the external legal boundaries of land within Forestry Commission (FC) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) ownership. It does not show the internal deed boundaries. Each polygon has two primary attributes: COSTCENTRE · Cost Centre number COSTCENT_1 · Forest District name. Estates, Forest Planning, MGIU and ESRI (UK) Ltd have developed the Deed Management Extension. It

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  • This spatial dataset contains the boundaries of National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in Wales. NNRs represent the very best examples of our wildlife habitats and geological features and can range in size between five hectares to well over 2,000. NNR are declared by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, or under the Wildlife and Countryside

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  • This spatial dataset contains the boundaries of National Parks in Wales. National Parks were established to protect beautiful and relatively wild countryside by:

    - Preserving the characteristic beauty of the landscape;
    - Providing access and facilities for public open-air enjoyment;
    - Protecting wildlife, buildings and places of architectural and historic interest; whilst allowing sustainable

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  • This spatial dataset contains the digital boundaries of Ramsar sites in Wales. In ratifying the Convention in 1976, the UK government accepted a commitment to promote the conservation of internationally important wetland sites within its territories. Wetlands are vital for many types of birds particularly waterfowl and Wales have some prime sites that are essential to the survival of many wetland

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  • Archaeological sites of national importance are given legal protection by being placed on a ‘Schedule’ of monuments. Under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, the Welsh Ministers are required to compile and maintain this schedule.

    In Wales there are over 4000 examples of Scheduled Monuments, which include Roman remains, burial mounds, castles, bridges,

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  • This dataset consists of 3 shapefiles showing the extent of Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) (UWWTD) sensitive areas (eutrophic). The UWWTD describes eutrophication as 'the enrichment of water by nutrients, especially compounds of nitrogen and/or phosphorous, causing an accelerated growth of algae and higher forms of plant life to produce an undesirable disturbance to the balance

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  • This dataset is a shapefile showing the extent of Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) (UWWTD) sensitive areas (nitrate). The Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) regulates the collection and treatment of waste water from homes and from industry. In the UK, the directive is implemented through the Urban Wastewater Treatment regulations 1994. Under these regulations,

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  • This spatial dataset contains the boundaries of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Wales. SSSIs cover a wide range of habitats from small fens, bogs and riverside meadows to sand dunes, woodlands and vast tracks of uplands. Most are in private ownership, although some are owned and managed by local wildlife trusts, or other voluntary conservation bodies. Notification of an SSSI under

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  • This spatial dataset contains boundaries of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Wales. The EC Habitats and Species Directive came into effect in 1992 with the aim of maintaining a rich variety of wildlife by protecting vulnerable habitats, and the plants and animals they support. The Habitat Directive together with the 1979 Birds Directive will lead to the establishment of a series of sites

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  • This spatial dataset contains the digital boundaries of all Spatial Protection Areas (SPAs) in Wales. The EC Birds Directive of 1979 requires member states to establish SPAs to conserve the habitats of two categories of birds:
    i) Species which are rare or vulnerable, of which there are forty-eight in the UK.
    ii) Some migratory species which visit our shores regularly.

    SPAs in Wales are

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  • The landscapes of Wales have been formed by natural processes and shaped by human activity. This human activity ranges from the prehistoric periods through to the modern age. To recognise the value of historic landscapes, and to raise awareness of their importance, Cadw, in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (now called Natural Resources Wales) and the International Council on

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  • Designated sites in Wales include, but is not limited to, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Areas (SPA), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar sites. These sites have been divided into management units. This dataset contains the boundaries of these units and includes information such as designation type, unit name, unit area, national grid reference and

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  • WMS data, work in progress

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