Which areas of Cornwall might deliver the greatest ‘strategic benefit’ from wetland creation?
The Weteland Opportunity map highlights the areas of Cornwall most highly ranked on the basis of their suitability and the potential biodiversity and other environmental benefits that would accrue.
The highest ranked areas are shown as three exclusive bands of equal size. The total area of each band corresponds to approximately the area of existing wetlands in Cornwall.
Key factors affecting the ranking include topographical wetness index and connectivity with existing wetland.
Areas excluded from the ranking include built-up areas, inland rock or quarries, existing wetland (and associated habitat) and statutory protected sites (SSSI, SPA, SAC, local & national nature reserves).
Please use the map as a starting point. Many factors affecting the suitability and benefits of a site are not included in the mapping. The rankings are not suitable for estimating benefits or suitability for small areas of wetland creation significantly less than 1 Ha.