Annex 1.  Adverse Activities

The categories agreed for reporting purposes at a UK level are as follows.  An abbreviated form of these is used on the graphs.  The 'other' category is intended to capture instances where an activity recorded for a feature on a site does not fit within the schema, and thereby allows revision as necessary. 
  • Agricultural operations (e.g. ploughing, fertiliser, pesticides)
  • Burning (e.g. in an inappropriate place, or at the wrong intensity/time)
  • Development carried out under planning permission (e.g. roads, housing development)
  • Dumping/spreading/storage of materials (e.g. spoil deposition or large bale silage)
  • Earth science feature obscured (e.g. overgrown), or removed (e.g. fossil collecting), or modified (e.g. shape of cave entrances)
  • Flood defence or coastal defence works (e.g. to control erosion)
  • Forestry (including neglect such as lack of coppicing)
  • Game or fisheries management (e.g. introduction of stock at too high a level, over-zealous cutting of river banks, bait digging)
  • Invasive species (including bracken or scrub)
  • Lack of remedial management (e.g. stopping-up drains, scrub cutting, erecting deer fences)
  • Over-grazing (including deer browsing)
  • Recreation/disturbance (e.g. scrambling, off-road vehicle use, recreation pressure, disturbance of fauna)
  • Statutory undertaker (i.e. works carried out by a statutory body which is not required to seek planning permission, including military operations)
  • Under-grazing (e.g. leading to scrub invasion or rank vegetation)
  • Water management (including drainage, dredging or alterations to the water table;  could be too much water or too little)
  • Water quality (e.g. siltation, water pollution (direct or diffuse), run-off, nutrient enrichment, eutrophication)
  • Other (to be used if none of the above apply, and if used, more detail provided to enable consideration of whether the schema needs to be revised)