Official Statistics

Local sites in positive conservation management

An annual publication on local sites across England in positive conservation.


Nature Conservation: Local Sites in Positive Conservation Management in England, 2008-9 to 2016-17

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This publication contains information on local sites (ie sites designated locally for their substantive nature conservation importance, either for wildlife or geology). These sites are being managed so as to preserve their nature conservation interest (ie are in “positive conservation management”).

The data allows assessment of the proportion (percentage) of the total number of local sites in England where positive conservation management is being implemented, or has been in the last 5 years. Assessing the extent of positive management can help to identify sites where such management is lacking. This will help to concentrate the efforts of local site partnerships in ensuring the sites are managed appropriately, and their nature conservation value is maintained or enhanced.

The datasets associated with this publication can be found here ENV10 - Local sites in positive conservation management

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Published 29 November 2012
Last updated 7 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Annual update.
  2. Annual update.
  3. New figures for 2014 to 2015 published
  4. amended release and dataset
  5. New local sites release published.
  6. New release with figures 2008-9 to 2012-13
  7. First published.