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Marine Character Areas

Our national seascape character and visual resource mapping for Wales

Marine Character Areas

What are Marine Character Areas?

Seascapes, like landscapes, reflect the relationship between people and place and the part it plays in forming the setting to our everyday lives

Marine Character Areas highlight the key natural, cultural and perceptual influences that make the character of each seascape distinct and unique.

The character of our seascapes

We were commissioned on behalf of Welsh Government to identify the character of Wales’ seascapes at a broad-scale. We divided our inshore waters into 29 Marine Character Areas.

This work provides the strategic spatial evidence on seascapes to inform the Wales National Marine Plan, which is being prepared by Welsh Government. Their consultation on the draft plan provides the opportunity for discussion about these areas.

Each area profile includes a description of the key characteristics, including their natural, cultural and perceptual influences, as well as land – sea inter-visibility maps.

The importance of understanding our seascapes

Seascape character sets out links between people and their cultures, and places and their natural resources. As such, seascape character is an integrating concept and an essential tool in natural resource planning.

Understanding the sense of place of our seascapes is very important when planning tourism and recreational activities. Promoting what is distinctive and special to visitors helps bring prosperity to our coastal communities.

Sitting underneath the Marine Character Areas are more detailed, locally-based seascape character assessments. A longer term work programme to provide more detailed coverage has resulted in local seascape character assessments, which have covered about 50% of Wales to date. Areas currently covered are Pembrokeshire, Anglesey and parts of Gwynedd. Further areas are in preparation.

To provide feedback or for further information please contact

seascape@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

 

Read the report

Executive Summary, Introduction, Method, Map images, Appendices

 

Related document downloads

Marine Character Areas 01 Dee Estuary (Wales) PDF [2.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 02 Colwyn Bay and Rhyl flats PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 03 Red Wharf and Conwy Bays PDF [2.1 MB]
Marine Character Areas 04 North Wales Open Waters PDF [1.3 MB]
Marine Character Areas 05 North-West Anglesey Open Waters PDF [1.1 MB]
Marine Character Areas 06 North Anglesey Coastal Waters PDF [1.4 MB]
Marine Character Areas 07 Holyhead Bay and the Skerries PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 08 West Anglesey Open Waters PDF [1.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 09 Holy Island West and Penrhos Bay PDF [1.6 MB]
Marine Character Areas 10 Menai Strait PDF [2.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 11 Caernarfon Bay PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 12 Llyn and South West Anglesey Open Waters PDF [1.6 MB]
Marine Character Areas 13 Llyn and Bardsey Island PDF [1.8 MB]
Marine Character Areas 14 Tremadog Bay and Dwyryd Estuary PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 15 Cardigan Bay North and Estuaries PDF [2.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 16 Cardigan Bay (South) PDF [2.3 MB]
Marine Character Areas 17 Outer Cardigan Bay PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 18 West Pembrokeshire Coastal Waters and Islands PDF [1.7 MB]
Marine Character Areas 19 West Pembrokeshire Islands Bars and Inshore Waters PDF [1.1 MB]
Marine Character Areas 20 Irish Sea Offshore PDF [1.1 MB]
Marine Character Areas 21 Milford Haven PDF [2.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 22 South Pembrokeshire Coastal and Inshore Waters PDF [1.5 MB]
Marine Character Areas 23 South Pembrokeshire Open Waters PDF [1.4 MB]
Marine Character Areas 24 Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries PDF [2.0 MB]
Marine Character Areas 25 Gower and Helwick Coastal Waters PDF [1.8 MB]
Marine Character Areas 26 Swansea Bay and Porthcawl PDF [1.9 MB]
Marine Character Areas 27 Glamorgan Coastal Waters and Nash Sand PDF [1.8 MB]
Marine Character Areas 28 Bristol Channel (Wales) PDF [1.5 MB]
Marine Character Areas 29 Severn Estuary (Wales) PDF [2.3 MB]

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