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Definition: Heritage Coast

A non-statutory designation agreed between Natural England and the relevant maritime local authority to:

~ conserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of the coastline, their marine flora and fauna, and their heritage features;

~ encourage the public's enjoyment, understanding and appreciation;

~ maintain and improve the health of inshore waters affecting heritage coasts and their beaches through appropriate environmental management measures;

~ take account of the needs of agriculture, forestry and fishing, and of the economic and social needs of the small communities on these coasts.

Natural England website, accessed November 2015

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