South East Info
The South East RBD is home to over 3.1 million people, with major urban centres at Brighton and Hove, Southampton, Portsmouth and Ashford. The natural environment is essential to livelihoods in the South East and helps attract visitors to areas such as the North and South Downs, the White Cliffs, the Solent and the New Forest. Nearly two thirds of the land is used for faming, employing over 25,000 people in livestock, arable and horticultural enterprises. Internationally designated Special Areas of Conservation or Special Protection Areas with wetland features cover nine percent of the RBD and there are 297 water dependent Sites of Special Scientific Interest.