The Vision Maps - Our present wetlands

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This map was developed specifically for the Wetland Vision Technical Document

Wetland Vision Map of Current Wetlands
Our current wetlands are very different from those of previous millennia, both in function and form. They have a much-reduced presence in the English landscape, being smaller, more fragmented and isolated. Designated sites cover a fraction of the total extent of freshwater wetlands that remain today.

We have used the best nationally available and complete information. Data presented here were derived from statutory site data, and elements of national habitat inventories, which can be viewed at This map almost certainly under-represents the extent of some wetland habitats, and over-estimates the extent of coastal and floodplain grazing marsh. Some regions have more up-to-date information, and this should be consulted instead where it exists.