Local Nature Reserve Survey
Email sent to Ward Members on 10 September 2018:
‘I have been asked to produce a report for Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee on Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) in the Borough. The aim of the report is to explore the potential for creating new LNRs and extending existing sites.
LNRs are a statutory designation made under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by principal local authorities. They are places with wildlife or geological features that are of special interest locally and are a natural resource which makes an important contribution to England's biodiversity.
The main requirements for the making of a LNR are that the Council must control the land (or have an agreed legal interest in the site) and that at least part of the land must be publicly accessible for visitors. There must also be an approved management plan which details that the site will remain a protected LNR for at least 21 years
Could you please complete the attached survey to indicate any local sites that you are aware of which could potentially meet the criteria for a new or extended LNR. The results are due to be reported to Committee on 30 October 2018.’
The survey questions were:
Q1. Site name?
Q2. Site location or location description?
Q3. Do you know who owns the land?
Q4. If known, please provide details of the landowner?
Q5. Is there a management plan for this site?
Q6. Is there an existing management/friends/interest group for this site?
Q7. If known, please provide details of the interest group for this site?