You can view all the up-to-date information held on the state of the environment in the south west on the South West Observatory website.
The South West is a great place to live in and visit. We all enjoy a high quality of life that is closely related to our diverse and beautiful environment. But what do we actually know about the state of our environment, the pressures upon these and the underlying trends?
Many environmental organisations, led by the Environment Agency, have put together this wealth of information. It includes the full evidence base, related reports, summaries, background detail, data, slides, modelling results, and much more.
It is an independent view of our environment and highlights how the way we live, work and plan impacts on our land, water, atmosphere and wildlife.
You can spot trends in the south west environment and improvements that have taken place over the past decade. Our river and bathing water quality are amongst the highest in the country and we are taking more care over what we throw away, with household recycling increasing by more than 40 per cent since 1996/1997.
However, there is no room for complacency as we continue to put pressure on our natural resources.