If broad habitats in the UK were clustered...

Intrigued by Mark Easton's question on Twitter, "How much of Britain is built on?", and inspired by the associated article, The great urban myth of Britain, I wanted to put the UK NEA's statement that "6.8% of the UK's land area is now classified as urban" into some kind of context that actually made sense to me.

The obvious answer is that 6.8% of the UK is just short of 2 million football pitches. Unfortunately, this is still not actually something I can remotely picture (much like genuinely imagining more than 10 otters is a tall order). The best solution I could come up with was to put the information in the context of actual geography:

If broad habitats in the UK were clustered...

And here is the original report from which the numbers were sourced, for posterity: UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

UPDATE: I have written a short critique of this graphic that also provides some insight into how it was created and the figures behind it.

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