Definition of Environmentally Sensitive Area in English:

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Environmentally Sensitive Area

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(abbreviation ESA)


(In the UK) an area officially designated as containing landscapes or wildlife that would be threatened by unrestricted development.
Example sentences
  • As a result every acre on the farm, that supports not only prize-winning Swaledales, but also about 35 suckler cows, is either in an Environmentally Sensitive Area or is managed through Defra's Countryside Stewardship scheme.
  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says the establishment of an Environmentally Sensitive Area on the marshes in 1993 has safeguarded wildlife.
  • The 36-acre field was already under protection as an Environmentally Sensitive Area and it was difficult for him to keep the grass cut to the designated height.

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