AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
An area that is not in a National Park but which appears to Natural England to be of such outstanding natural beauty that it is desirable that the protective provisions of Part IV of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 should apply to it for the purpose of conserving and enhancing the area‘s natural beauty. In such circumstances Natural England may, by order, designate the area as an AONB.
Area of Search - an identified area which provides an initial starting point for the assessment of natural beauty
Area of Great Landscape Value - county landscape designation defined by Local Authorities
Boundary Review - the overall process being run by Natural England to determine whether land adjacent to the current Surrey Hills AONB (focused on the evaluation areas) can also be designated as AONB
Candidate Area - an area which is considered to have a weight of evidence to support designation as AONB
Citizen Science - the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
Desirability Assessment - a review of areas which qualify for designation, to determine if the purposes of AONB designation should apply to the area
Evaluation Area - the subdivision of the Area of Search into manageable units for assessment
Natural Beauty - the single (technical) criterion used in the designation of AONBs
Natural Beauty Factor - a list of factors (developed by Natural England) that contribute to natural beauty:
Landscape Quality: a measure of the current physical state or condition of the landscape and its features.
Scenic Quality: the extent to which the landscape appeals to the senses (primarily, but not only, the visual senses).
Relative Wildness: the degree to which relatively wild character can be perceived in the landscape and makes a particular contribution to sense of place.
Relative Tranquillity: the degree to which relative tranquillity can be perceived in the landscape.
Natural Heritage: the influence of natural heritage on the perception of the natural beauty of the area. Natural heritage includes flora, fauna, geological and physiographical features.
Cultural Heritage: the influence of cultural heritage on the perception of natural beauty of the area and the degree to which associations with particular traditions, people, artists, writers or events in history contribute to such perception.
Physiography - another name for geomorphology or physical geography, i.e. the topographical features of the earth's surface such as: hill, ridge, lake, cliff, etc.
Story Map - a web map that has been thoughtfully created, given context, and provided with supporting information so it becomes a stand-alone resource.