Local nature sites and protected species
Wildlife and geology
There are different types of site based on how important a place is. Different bodies are responsible for each kind
- Special Protected Area, Scottish Government
- Special Area of Conservation, Scottish Government
- Ramsar site, Scottish Government
- Site of Special Scientific Interest, Scottish Natural Heritage
- Local Nature Reserve, City of Edinburgh Council
- Local Nature Conservation site, City of Edinburgh Council
Local nature reserves and conservation sites
Local nature conservation sites are the best local sites for nature, and can be owned by anyone. They do not have to be managed to help wildlife or geology, although some are.
Scottish Natural Heritage provide more information on local nature conservation sites.
Both local nature reserves and local nature conservation sites are protected by the Local Development Plan and planning guidance.