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Habitat Atlas - Introduction


The habitat atlas is slightly different from the species atlases, since a simple 'dot' map system would result in most habitats showing almost 100% cover, which is both not very helpful nor a true reflection on the actual distribution - as a result, the maps are a grey-scaled map where white is almost no habitat in the 1km sq while black is the highest concentration of the habitat in the square, although each map is based on a different maximum!

The atlas is based upon BAP Broad Habitats[1] rather than specific habitats to try and give a more even countywide coverage. These habitat descriptions only give a brief outline of Staffordshire's ecology - for a more detailed discussion refer to The Flora of Staffordshire[2]

Maps Available



  1. A classification of 'broad habitat' types was developed in conjunction with the development of the UK BAP priority habitats list, in order to understand how the suite of priority habitats requiring action are set within the context of the whole of the UK. - JNCC http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5711
  2. Hawksford, JE & Hopkins, IJ (2011) The Flora of Staffordshire Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ISBN 978-0-9549385-2-9

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