What are natural resources?
Natural resources are materials or substances that are produced by the environment. Humans use natural resources to survive. They can be used to heat our homes, transport us around the world, feed us and clothe us.
Natural resources in the UK
The UK has a lot of natural resources, including fossil fuels for energy, crops for food, and livestock for food as well as clothes.
Resources related to farming are called agricultural resources, these include:
- crops which produce wheat and barley
- livestock such as cows, pigs and chickens which produce dairy, eggs and meat
- sheep which produce wool and leather
Resources found underground are called geological resources, these include:
- minerals like china clay
- metals like tin
- fossil fuels like gas and oil