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Aerial survey of traditional orchards

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Aerial survey of traditional orchards

Postby MarkEvens » Fri May 06, 2011 8:40 am

Nearly half of England's traditional orchards are in a neglected condition, a study of aerial photographs suggests. Some 35,378 orchards - home to wide varieties of apples and pears, as well as wildlife - were identified by the People's Trust for Endangered Species.
Researchers say 9% are in pristine condition, 46% were in a good state and 45% were in a poor condition.
The five-year project aims to map sites that are in decline to provide a basis for future work to protect them.
With the help of 200 dedicated volunteers across the country nearly 4500 of these have been surveyed and over 300 orchard owner questionnaires returned.
To view the orchard inventory in your area visit the MAGIC website.The data set is also available to download, free of charge, from the Natural England website.
If you do this, then you will need to view the maps at a fairly fine scale (say 1:62500) and turn off layers you don't want. Also, the dataset gives a lot more information than the maps.
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