Local Wildlife Sites and Local Geological Sites
Local Wildlife Sites were formerly known as Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI), and Local Geological Sites were formerly known as Regionally Important Geological or Geomorphological Sites (RIGS).
A number of these sites have been identified in Hartlepool. They are areas of high importance for their wildlife or geological interest on a local scale and have been assessed against The Tees Valley Biodiversity Partnership's guidelines for the selection of Local Wildlife Sites in the Tees Valley.
If other important wildlife or geological sites are identified in the Borough, these may also be designated.
These sites are not legally protected, but the Borough Council can seek to enter into voluntary management agreements with the owner so that they are managed sympathetically for conservation.
It must be noted however that designation as a Local Wildlife Site or Local Geological Site does not confer any right of access to any person, nor does it place any obligation on the landowner to manage their land in a certain way.
Further general information about Local Wildlife Sites and Local Geological Sites is available from the GOV.UK website.
Hartlepool's Local Wildlife Sites and Local Geological Sites
A map showing Hartlepool's Local Wildlife and Geological Sites
Tees Valley Biodiversity Partnership
The website of the Tees Valley Biodiversity Partnership
The government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
An independent local charity working to create a better future for wildlife and people
Bat Conservation Trust
Working towards a world where bats and people live in harmony
Pages containing information about Hartlepool's Countryside Warden Service
A website that brings together geographic information on key environmental schemes and designations in one place
Working for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas
Telephone: 01429 266522