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Chapter 12: Can fine landscape qualities be sustained under relentless pressure for change?: The example of Holy Island

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This chapter examines the important status of landscapes in the contemporary life of the 20 square kilometre island of Holy Island. The island is of international importance for its ancient and complex geology, has a diverse and significant ecology, nationally recognised scenic beauty, a dynamic history over the last two centuries, a diverse social landscape, and a varied but vulnerable economy. Over-flying the island from the south-east, one sees a swathe of green, gorse-decked fields, sparkling, metamorphosed grey rock outcrops and mainly white-painted houses, bungalows and caravans, especially around the island's narrow waist. To the north lie three distinct features: the port town of Holyhead, with its two kilometre breakwater; a rugged coastal eminence with a massive quartzite quarry; and the high, contorted cliffs at the extreme north-west of the island.

Keywords: ecology; economy; European landscape characterisation; geology; Holy Island; Holyhead

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