UK Terrestrial & Freshwater Habitats


UK Terrestrial & Freshwater Habitats - copyright JNCC/SNH







This section of the web site provides detailed information on terrestrial and freshwater habitats that are a priority for nature conservation in the UK. These include:



Collectively, these habitats provide a refuge for many thousands of highly specialised, wild plants and animals.  They are also outstanding natural beauty.  Some are of European or Global significance;  some are largely or entirely restricted to the UK.  Many are classed as priority habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and form habitat types on Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive.  Nevertheless, many of these habitats have undergone dramatic declines extent and condition, and continue to face major threats.


Use the menu links (left) to find out more about the characteristics, extent & distribution, pressures & threats, condition, protection, and management of these outstanding wildlife habitats.