Local Wildlife Sites play a key role in nature conservation across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Local Wildlife Sites are areas identified and selected locally for their great wildlife value. The designation is non-statutory but is recognition of a site’s significance with many sites being of county and often regional importance for wildlife. Examples range from field ponds, streams and reedbeds, to ancient woodlands, flower-rich meadows and hedgerows. They can be found on land including farms, small holdings, roadside verges and parks.
With over 40,000 Local Wildlife Sites in the UK this is a well established system. In Leicestershire and Rutland we have 1,000 Local Wildlife Sites covering well over 3,000 hectares, but this is still less than 2% of the land area of the two counties.
Local Wildlife Sites are designated according to selection criteria, which are prepared by the Local Wildlife Sites Panel, made up of local nature conservation experts.
Why are they so important?
Local Wildlife Sites are the grass-roots of nature conservation. Not only are they important in their own right, but they also create a vital network of wildlife rich sites reaching across districts and counties. These qualities make the natural environment as a whole more robust and able to cope with change.
Benefits of owning a Local Wildlife Site:
Click here to download a copy of our Local Wildlife Sites information leaflet
Click here to download the guidelines for the selection of Local Wildlife Sites
Click here to download a copy of Skylark - our regular newsletter for owners and managers of Local Wildlife Sites
For further information please contact Claire Install: 0116 248 7367 or email email@example.com
Jim Graham, President of Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society, tells us about this fantastic project.