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    One of four component layer of the Scottish wildness map. This layer seeks to capture ruggedness: 'landform which is rugged, or otherwise physically challenging' (Annex 1 SNH policy statement). The dataset is on a scale of 1-256 indicating relative levels of ruggedness. Consequently the data is best viewed at a national or regional scale. The methodology is adapted from the 2008 Wildness Study in the Cairngorms National Park.

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    Air Quality Management Areas in Highland Council area.

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    Parks are set up by Local Authorities to provide open-air recreation facilities close to towns and cities. All the parks have a rural character and are managed primarily for informal recreation. Some have nature reserve areas and most have a visitor centre and ranger service to encourage and facilitate visitor understanding. Country Park is not a statutory designation. Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967 Section 48 gives local authorities power to assess and review the need for Country Parks in consultation with SNH.

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    Boundary of all Deer Management Groups in Scotland. For more information go to

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    Ramsar sites are classified to meet the UK's commitments under the Ramsar Convention. The UK's ratification also extends to its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. These sites comprise of globally important wetland areas and may extend into the marine environment.

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    The heat demand is an amalgamation of a number of different spatial datasets that have associated heat demand values. The map has been developed on the principle of applying data with increasing levels of certainty and overlaying and replacing individual property heat demand values. The heat demand layer is made up of a number of rasters which depict this demand in different ways. The heat demand rasters present a visualisation of the heat demand density by showing total demand within grid squares. These are shown at various grid sizes (50x50, 250x250, 500x500 and 1000x1000). The Scotland Heat Map is supported by a number of documents including users guidance which is available at 2.1 Methodology report 2.2 Manual 2.3 Metadata 2.4 Local knowledge validation & improvement process 2.5 Data management 2.6 Limitations and protections for data use and analysis 2.7 Scotland heat map – interactive and local web

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    Dataset provides details of areas where the scenery is highly valued locally and designated to ensure that the landscape is not damaged by inappropriate development. The designations raise awareness of the landscape qualities that make the particular areas distinctive, and have associated policies to safeguard their valued features. They aim to promote understanding of the distinctive character and special qualities of the landscape, ensuring that there is careful consideration of development and the impacts that may result on that landscape, while supporting positive change and opportunities for enjoyment, maintenance and enhancement of the distinctive character.

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    Local Authorities have a duty to designate any relevant areas where the air quality objectives are not (or are unlikely to be) being met as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). AQMAs must be designated officially by means of an 'order'. The extent of the AQMA may be limited to the area of exceedance or encompass a larger area. Following the declaration of an AQMA, the local authority is required to develop and implement a plan (Air Quality Action Plan) to improve air quality in that area. AQMAs can be for a combination of NO2, SO2, PM10. Most data provided by local authorities is in polygon format. However, some is provided in point and line form so we are currently buffering such data by the width of a road or so in order to merge them in to the national polygon dataset. Some smaller local authorities e.g. Dundee, use the entire extent of their local authority, as digitised in Ordnance Survey's BoundaryLine dataset, for the AQMA. We have included date of AQMA declaration in our national schema, though many LAs do not currently provide this. Revoked AQMAs are now held in this dataset with a 'Date revoked' attribute

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    Industrial sites listed in the Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) are required to report the total amounts of a substance that they emit to air or water during the period of a year.

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    One of four component layer of the Scottish map of relative wildness. This layer shows remoteness from the public road, rail and ferry network. The dataset is on a scale of 1-256 indicating relative levels of remoteness. Consequently the data is best viewed at a national or regional scale. The methodology is adapted from the 2008 Wildness Study in the Cairngorms National Park. Remoteness is taken as the relative time taken to walk from the nearest public road, railway stationor ferry landing (being the point of mechanised access), taking account of distance, relative slope, ground cover and barrier features such as open water and very steep ground.