Sites of Local Biological Interest (Local Wildlife Sites)
Local Wildlife Sites are sites of significant nature conservation value. Unlike nationally or internationally designated sites such as those on the Sefton Coast, they are not protected by law. Instead, Local Wildlife Sites are protected through the planning system; through local plans and the National Planning Policy Framework.
The Sefton Unitary Development Plan (2006) identified all Local Wildlife Sites, together with nationally designated nature sites and internationally designated nature sites, and designated them as Sites of Local Biological Interest (SLBIs). The Unitary Development Plan sets out policy for the protection and enhancement of these sites. There are 57 Sites of Local Biological Interest in Sefton.
The emerging Local Plan aims to continue to protect Sefton’s Local Wildlife Sites.
The government produced guidance on the identification of Local Wildlife Sites in 2006. Each of Sefton’s Local Wildlife Sites has what is known as ‘a citation'. This sets out the reasons for its designation. Copies of citations can be obtained from Merseyside Biobank.
The designations and citations are based on a wide range of information collected between from 1981 to 2003. The information in the 2012 Ecological Survey update forms part of this data. The existing citations remain valid.This survey covers only seven of Sefton’s 57 Sites of Local Biological Interest, and one other site.
The Sefton Unitary Development Plan (2006) also designates 12 Local Geological Sites (as Sites of Local Geological Interest), and sets out policy to protect and enhance them. The emerging Local Plan aims to continue to protect Sefton’s Local Geological Sites. These sites are selected at a local level, according to nationally agreed criteria.