Soil, vegetation and geology maps of the Moor House National Nature Reserve WMS

Map service of soil types, geology and vegetation in the Moor House region of the Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve. The site lies in the North Pennine uplands of England and has an area of 74 km2. It is England's highest and largest terrestrial National Nature Reserve (NNR), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a European Special Protection Area. Habitats include exposed summits, extensive blanket peatlands, upland grasslands, pastures, hay meadows and deciduous woodland. Altitude ranges from 290 to 850 m. Moor House - Upper Teesdale is part of the Environmental Change Network (ECN) which is the UK's long-term environmental monitoring programme.

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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The soil map was originally created in 1963 by G.A.L. Johnson from methods outlined in Soil Map of the Moor House National Nature Reserve (1963), Westmorland. Soil Survey for the Nature Conservancy by GAL Johnson in The Geology of Moor House, a National Nature Reserve in north-east Westmorland / Johnson G.A.L., Dunham K.C., Monographs of the Nature Conservancy (No.2) 1963, HMSO. The geological map of the Moor House region was started in 1954. The survey was undertaken by G.A.L. Johnson under a grant by The Nature Conservancy (a forerunner of the Natural Environment Research Council). The original map was mapped on to a base map of 3 inches to the mile. The vegetation map was created by Eddy, A., Welch, D., & Rawes, M. in the early 1960s at the Nature Conservancy's Moor House Field Station. The original field survey was mapped on to a base map on the scale of 6 inches to the mile (1:10560). Note that the reserve has been extended to Upper Teesdale, however these maps cover the Moor House area only. The paper maps were digitised by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (now the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) in the 1990s.

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Centre of Ecology and Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom

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Environmental Information Data Centre
Natural Environment Research Council


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