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The Wildlife Sites Partnership

The Wildlife Sites Partnership was set up in 1997 to identify and protect sites which were considered to be of significance for wildlife locally. They include meadows, ponds, woodland and urban green spaces. This county-based system is now acknowledged and promoted nationally by Defra and applied across England.

The Wildlife Sites Partnership in Hertfordshire is led and coordinated by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and includes:

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Herts Environmental Records Centre
Herts Ecology
Natural England
Countryside Management Service
Chilterns AONB
Environment Agency

Local Wildlife Sites

A pond in StevenageA pond in Stevenage

Local Wildlife Sites are special places for wildlife and are vital to the future survival of our native species.

There are almost 2,000 Local Wildlife Sites in Hertfordshire. Most are in private ownership. They do not have legal protection like Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Nature Reserves but they complement these protected sites and provide vital linkages between habitats. Their long-term survival depends upon the interest and goodwill of their land managers and owners.

Currently only about 30% of Local Wildlife Sites in the county are managed positively for wildlife (in Positive Conservation Management, or PCM). We want to see this percentage increase.

Our work on Local Wildlife Sites includes:

  • Organising volunteer botanical surveyors
  • Advising landowners and managers on how to protect sites
  • Monitoring sites and the effectiveness of the system
  • Ensuring sites are recognised in the planning process

Get involved

  • Do you own a Local Wildlife Site? Join our landowner network to receive management advice through our Local Wildlife Sites newsletter
  • Read our general advice on how to manage woodlands and meadows
  • For bespoke advice contact Wildlife Sites Officer Carol Lodge on 01727 858901 ext. 235 to arrange a site visit.
  • Read more about our Living Landscape vision

Local Wildlife Sites newsletter



Summer 2017 - wetlands

Summer 2016 - invasive species 

March 2015 - towns and cities

March 2014 - wetlands

March 2013 - grasslands

February 2012 - woodlands