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Has there been loss of natural habitat in north England or Britain in general over the past years? If there was, what is the loss in percentage? A reference would be highly appreciated

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  • $\begingroup$ This seems rather specific, such that it would not be very useful to the general public user and that few would know of such. Suggest you do a detailed search of Google Scholar and perhaps more applicable journal sites, try to write/call experts in your area, and try your own research. Based on upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/…, if you're thinking of only areas north of the M62 as north England, it may not be that much, though agriculture may be taking some too. What's it for? $\endgroup$ Dec 24 '16 at 1:05
  • $\begingroup$ over the past years How many years do you mean? north England or Britain You should be specific about what geographical/political areas you mean by these terms, perhaps a map would help. $\endgroup$
    – nmtoken
    Dec 24 '16 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ Ha! one says too specific the other says too broad. Thanks for the response both. @nmtoken whole of Britain is fine, regarding years I'm unsure how it works but I guess past 50 years would work. Jeopardy thanks for the direction this is for homework in GIS $\endgroup$
    – Rudolf O
    Dec 26 '16 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ First define what you mean by 'loss of habitat' - urbanization?, deforestation?, transition from deciduous to coniferous?, degree of fragmentation?, loss of wetland? Loss of habitat for one species can be gain of habitat for another. $\endgroup$ Dec 28 '16 at 3:23
  • $\begingroup$ thanks @GordonStanger clearly I'm a bit out of my depth here. I guess looking at a simplest way possible would be forestry area in general (either deciduous or coniferous)? Not sure about wetland, is it of significance in that area? $\endgroup$
    – Rudolf O
    Dec 30 '16 at 22:23

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