Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)
These are locally important sites that are of high biodiversity value because of the habitats and species present. Although they are not legally protected, these sites will be of substantial nature conservation value and have an important role to play in meeting biodiversity targets and contributing to landscape-scale benefits for wild fauna and flora.
Policy 5 in the Local Development Plan provides for consideration and protection of these sites in the planning process.
Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs)
These are Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation where the land-owner is undertaking positive management for nature conservation.