wildlife site

A site with recognized value for wildlife and biodiversity. The Lawton report classifies wildlife sites into three tiers: (i) Sites whose primary purpose is nature conservation, such as sites of special scientific interest, some of which have international designations (special area of conservation, special protection area and Ramsar site). (ii) Local sites designated for their high biodiversity value including 'sites of nature conservation interest', which are largely protected by the planning system and forest policy. (iii) Areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) and national parks. These are primarily landscape designations but wildlife conservation is part of their statutory purpose.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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