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è Fig 5: Landcover type

              2   .     2.4.  Environment  and  Landscape  Features   In   terms   of   both   landscape   and   biodiversity,   the   catchment   contains   a   number   of   sites   of   local,   national  and  international  importance,  with  a  diverse  range  of  habitats  supporting  a  rich  variety  of   species.     To   the   east,   a   substantial   part   of   the   upper   Itchen   catchment   is   included   in   the   South   Downs   National   Park   and   similarly,   most   of   the   Bourne   Rivulet   catchment   and   part   of   the   upper   Test   catchment   is   within   the   North   Wessex   Downs   Area   of   Outstanding   Natural   Beauty   (AONB).   The   river   valleys   themselves   also   attract   a   number   of   statutory   designations   that   reflect   the   importance   of   their   unique   chalk   river   systems   and   the   diversity   of   species   they   support.   Significant   portions   of   each  of  the  Test  and  Itchen  Rivers  are  designated  as  a  Site  of  Special  Scientific  Interest  (SSSI),  as  well   as   large   swathes   of   the   floodplain.   In   addition,   the   River   Itchen   is   also   designated   as   a   Special   Area   of   Conservation   (SAC)   under   the   EC   Habitats   Directive,   recognising   the   international   importance   of   chalk   river  habitat  and  the  species  it  supports.   The   current   configuration   of   the   river   is   the   result   of   re-­‐engineering   for   land   drainage,   water   mills,   water   meadows   and   navigation   over   a   long   period   of   time.   These   functions   have   long   gone,   as   has   the   associated   income  that  paid  for  the  maintenance  of  the  complex   river  system,  which  is  now  semi-­‐derelict  in  parts.       è Fig 7: Designated Sites  


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