Click to enlarge - Merrivale Menhir, Dartmoor National Park
National Parks & Biodiversity on Paths
Stage 1 – Research
Setting the scene and understanding the principles and some of the dilemmas.
Here are series of questions which you will need to consider if your scientific investigation is to support the actions of those concerned with the long term survival of our National Parks. There are links to follow and some activities to watch. You may wish to write down some of your answers as the ‘research phase’ to the project.
Try to answer the following:
What is a National Park and where
are they located?
The UK model for National Parks is very different
from other countries and creates an inherent paradox
( a conflict of interests between the objectives of the
Park). What is this conflict and how might it threaten
Read the following "History of National Parks" Dartmoor National Park
Within this history you will see that there is a conflict between the following aims of UK National Parks
to make sure that:
the characteristic landscape beauty is strictly preserved.
access and facilities for public open air enjoyment are amply provided.
wildlife and buildings and places of architectural and historic interest are suitably protected, while
established farming use is effectively maintained.
Now look at the ‘slide show’ of images below that shows some of the activities that go on in the UK National Parks. Which of these do you consider threaten biodiversity the most?