Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation
Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) are essential for the conservation of wildlife in the county of Nottinghamshire. The SINC system acts as a 'flagging up' process to ensure that the interest of these sites is not lost through ignorance.
What Are SINCs
Local plan policies exist to help protect these sites by not allowing development to take place that would be damaging except in rare circumstances where the need for such development is so great that it is judged to override the wildlife interest.
Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation are not the same as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). SSSIs are legally protected and are nationally important for wildlife. Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation are important at the county level have no statutory protection and do not necessarily support protected species.
In Nottinghamshire there are over 1200 Local Wildlife Sites covering a total area of over 16,201 hectares (roughly 7.5% of the county). They range from small sites such as a churchyard important for its grassland species to large woodland sites of several hundred hectares.
How Are SINCs Chosen
SINCs in Nottinghamshire are selected by applying a set of criteria based on the number of characteristic species present.
The criteria are drawn up using the expertise the SINC Panel who are some of the county's most experienced and knowledgeable naturalists with many the recorders for a particular group.
Information on sites is gathered from a range of sources including targeted phase 2 site surveys, the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Audit 1996 to 1998 phase 1 and specialist recorders.
Further Information on SINCs
For each SINC, the Nottingham Biological and Geological Record Centre (NBGRC) keeps information on the site's wildlife interest together with a map showing the site boundary.
This information is made available to the County Council, local Authorities and the owner of the site concerned on request. We may make details available to other bona fide organisations or consultancies as part of a requested data search.