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The Dorset landscape

Information about landscape, landscape designations and landscape character assessment in Dorset.

The diversity of the Dorset landscape ranges from the geological importance of its 87 mile coastline to the biodiversity value of internationally important habitats and rare flora and fauna.

This importance is also evidenced by an array of statistics with 11 National Nature Reserves, 141 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), over 1,254 Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCIs) and 23 sites recognised to be of international or European importance (SACs, SPAs and RAMSAR sites). There are also 63 Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) and 45 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).

The following documents describe the physical and human factors, which have influenced landscape evolution as well as outlining information on landscape designations and how landscape diversity has been described and mapped in Landscape Character Assessments:

See the Dorset Landscape Change Strategy Report.  This work is a pilot for a new approach to understanding landscape sensitivity and change. Please note that, due to the file size, this document may take several minutes to open or download.

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