Physical Influences

The physical components of the landscape have the most tangible and fundamental influences upon its character, being the most permanent and least changeable aspect of its appearance. The underlying geology creates the ‘backbone’ of the landscape. The actions of weathering, erosion and deposition alter the landform, consequently influencing hydrological patterns and affecting the nature of soil conditions. This affects how humans have used and continue to exploit the landscape for agriculture, settlement, and industry and, consequently, influences the nature of the vegetation and fauna that the landscape can support.


The interactive map below will help you to explore the data layers associated with the Physical Influences on the landscape in Herefordshire. To find out more information on the influences they have had, click here to view Chapter 3.1 of the report.

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