Natural England – National Character Area Profiles

How can you find out about the natural landscape of the area your English ancestors came from?

One way is reading about the 159 National Character Areas (NCAs), each an area of distinct and recognizable character at the national scale. Their boundaries follow natural lines in the landscape, not county or district boundaries.  The profiles can be accessed through a search function, via a map of England, or through a list organized by region at

You can also find links to the Landscape Institute’s Landscape Character Assessment Database for the UK and Ireland for a comprehensive understanding of the natural landscape.

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