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Northumberland National Park : geodiversity audit and action plan

Lawrence, D.J.D.; Arkley, S.L.B.; Everest, J.D.; Clarke, S.M.; Millward, D.; Hyslop, E.K.; Thompson, G.L.; Young, B.. 2007 Northumberland National Park : geodiversity audit and action plan. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 132pp. (CR/07/037N)

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Abstract/Summary

The study and recommendations presented here represent the first attempt to address the varied facets of geodiversity within the Northumberland National Park and adjoining area, which for the purpose of this publication is called the district, shown on the inside front cover. Moreover, as the first comprehensive Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan prepared specifically for any of the 14 National Parks in Great Britain, it is hoped that this publication will serve as an example of good practice for other National Parks and protected areas. The importance of the rich natural and historical heritage and the need to ensure protection of this precious resource are fundamental to the sustainable management of the Northumberland National Park. Some aspect of earth science impacts upon almost every facet of the district’s character. Policies for the better protection and understanding of wildlife, cultural and historical issues are already in place for the National Park. To these must be added policies designed to understand, protect and interpret the area’s equally rich geodiversity. The Northumberland National Park Authority published its first Biodiversity Action Plan in 2000, since when it has been working in partnership with other agencies and land managers to achieve its objectives for biodiversity including seeking a more favourable conservation status for all the Park’s habitats and species. It is anticipated that this Geodiversity Action Plan will similarly provide the impetus for increased protection and enhancement of geodiversity and encourage the involvement of the local community. Additionally, as we improve our understanding of the role that geodiversity plays within the wider environment, and its influence on our wildlife, we can help ensure a positive future for species and their habitats as they respond to a changing world.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geology and Landscape Northern
ISBN: 9780852725993
Funders/Sponsors: NERC, Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO)
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Additional Keywords: Geodiversity, Geological conservation, Northumberland
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 17 Jun 2009 15:00
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7493

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