Worcestershire Local Sites Partnership
Worcestershire has a rich and diverse countryside which
includes areas of international, national, county and local
- Four National Nature Reserves (NNR)
- Two Special Areas of Conservation (SAC's)
- 114 Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI's)
- 553 Local Sites (LS's)
- 44 Roadside Verge Nature
What is a local site?
The system of statutory designations (Sites of Special
Scientific Interest, Special Areas of Conservation etc) covers
over one million hectares of land in the UK. However, there
are many sites that are of significant local conservation value
that fall outside of statutory protection. The Local Sites system
enables the listing of these sites and their recognition
within local government policy. The Local Sites system covers sites
of biological and geological value and sites may be listed for
their significance for local ecology (Local Wildlife Sites),
geology (Local Geological Sites) or both. The listing of a site
within the Local Sites system confers no statutory (legal)
There are currently 553 Local Sites listed in Worcestershire
covering a range of habitats. Most sites are privately owned and
the Local Sites Partnership endeavours to work with owners to
ensure appropriate management of the sites and that their value is
Despite their importance there is no dedicated funding allocated
to the survey, monitoring or management of Local Sites. This lack
of resources is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed.
Guidance on managing a Local Sites system has been published by
Guidance on their identification, selection and management
Who is involved in the Worcestershire Local Sites
The Worcestershire Local Sites Partnership comprises the
seven local authorities, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Earth
Heritage Trust, Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, Natural
England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Kemerton
Conservation Trust, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, Country
Land and Business Association and the National Farmers Union.
The Partnership currently meets twice a year.
What does the Partnership do?
The Partnership is responsible for approving any new sites put
forward for listing as county Local Sites and then ensuring the
endorsement/adoption of those sites by their own organisations.
The Partnership is responsible for ensuring that reporting on
Local Site condition is undertaken on an annual basis to contribute
to the monitoring of progress against national and local indicators
and Worcestershire State of the Environment targets.
We are not responsible for the content of external sites.
This page was last reviewed 1 July 2013 at 14:02.
The page is next due for review 28 December 2014.