Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI)
SNCI's are known nationally as Local Wildlife Sites.
Valuable wildlife areas exist in many parts of Dorset outside of the protected Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These pockets of undisturbed habitat, which are often found on farms and private land, form a valuable reservoir of wildlife which can provide important links to the larger but often fragmented SSSIs.
MAY 2018 UPDATE: e-petition
We have until the 10th May to take action and help turn around the Government's Plans to remove rerference to local wildlife sites in their National Planning Policy Framework. If these sites aren't included in planning, we could lose them to development, housing, roads and industry. We can't risk the 'unprotection' of these sites in Dorset, or the total 42,000 sites in England. Sign The Wildlife Trust's e-petition here today and please share. Read more below about why identifying Local Wildlife Sites is so important for wildlife and how it helps with protection.
The SNCI Project identifies these important sites as 'Sites of Nature Conservation Interest', collects data about the plants and animals surviving there and helps to protect them in a number of ways:
It is important to keep the information we hold on the wildlife interest of these sites as relevant and up to date as possible. To do this, we undertake a rolling programme of monitoring surveys, with the landowners' permission. There are about 1290 SNCIs in the county and the aim is to resurvey grassland sites once every 5 years and woodland sites about once every 10 years, A small number of new sites are also recognised each year.
Note: SNCI recognition confers no rights of access whatever on a site beyond existing Public Rights of Way.
Read the Green Linnet, our SNCI newsletter. Click on the image below to enlarge to full screen, or download a copy by clicking on the PDF link below.
Read the latest copy of the Green Linnet here.
Wildflowers in an SNCI
Management Problem scrub being tackled on a hillside in West Dorset
Liaison Officer providing advice
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