Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union. It is made up of Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas designated respectively under the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive. The network includes both terrestrial and marine sites. Natura 2000 protects around 18 percent of land in the EU countries, as well as 251,564 square km of marine environment.

In the following articles, I will use data from Natura 2000 to show how to work with R to get, process and present data. You can find more information on Natura 2000 here:

All articles on this site requires a basic knowledge of R programming. You can find R programming introductory material here:

Next: Natura 2000 Part 2 – Asking the Right Question(s)

Picture: Natura 2000 logo by Govern de les Illes Balears, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons


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