The Greater Manchester Natural Capital Group area is set within the Greater Manchester City Region – the economic powerhouse of the North, covering 493 square miles and comprising 10 districts.
The majority of the landscape is urban or high-density urban – home to some 2.7 million people and a GVA of £56 billion, representing the largest functional economic area outside London.
However, it also has a wide and varied range of wildlife and natural habitats such as wooded valleys, moorlands, reed beds, mature woodland, scrubland, grassland, high moorland, mossland, agricultural land, lakes, wetlands, river valleys, urban parks and suburban gardens.
Inevitably, these landscapes cross administrative boundaries within Greater Manchester, and beyond it. Greater Manchester is bounded by the lowlands of the Cheshire Plain, the West Pennine Moors and the Mersey River Corridor. The Greater Manchester Local Nature Partnership boundary adjoins and overlaps the proposed South Pennines and Peak District National Park Local Nature Partnerships.