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North York Moors

North York Moors National Park

RPS successfully completed a project ahead of schedule to digitise field survey data for nearly 48,000 hectares of moorland, based upon the park authorities Phase 1 Habitat survey conducted from 1985-90.

Our exercise was intended to help inform and guide the continuing conservation of the park, which has a variety of important habitat types including woodland, rivers, coastland and moorland. Moorland accounts for a third of the entire park’s area and is the largest continuous heather moorland in England and Wales.

Using GIS, we digitised over fifty 1:10,000 scale field survey maps. Natural habitats were clearly defined in a system of vegetation polygons and boundary lines featuring all associated attribute and habitat codes information, based on Phase 1 Habitat colour codes defined by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).