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There are currently 1210 Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs) in Greater Lincolnshire, with more selected by the GLNP each year. Survey of LWSs began in 2004 and has been on-going ever since. The first surveys began by looking at the Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCIs or SINCs), these were the predecessors of LWSs and were designated in the 1970s and 80s.
The guidelines and criteria for selecting LWSs are written and developed by the LWS Panel. The LWS Panel has been nominated by the GLNP to recommend sites for selection and is made up of local ecologists and experts from various Partner and non-partner organisations. These recommendations are then presented to the GLNP Steering Group for endorsement, before being passed to the local authorities for inclusion in their Local Plan or planning policy.
Identifying these sites helps local authorities meet their obligations under legislation and government guidance, including reporting on the number of sites in positive management for Single Data List Indicator 160-00. Identification also meets targets for actions within the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan.
The majority of LWSs are on private land, and site selection does not infer any rights of public access. However, for a great example of what a Local Wildlife Site can mean for the local community, look no further than Bell Mere Pool in Boston.
To provide landowners with information on management the GLNP is developing a number of leaflets, each one describing a different habitat type. These short leaflets highlight the importance of the habitat in Greater Lincolnshire and give links to further information. The available leaflets are: