Fife's Wildlife Sites
specific areas of land, of any size,
have significant local conservation importance. They are non-statutory
and so, unlike Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), have no
direct legal protection.
system is used widely by many local
authorities and is promoted by all of the 47 Wildlife Trusts throughout
Britain as a means of protecting local biodiversity.
Scottish Wildlife Trust set up a specially
funded Scottish Wildlife Action Programme (SWAP) to advance the
Wildlife Sites system throughout the country. Up till now SWAP has been
able to offer expert management advice to owners of Wildlife Sites,
through a team of Wildlife Advisors.
Wildlife Sites programme works in four
survey new Wildlife Sites through the
employment of contract surveyors, creating a vast network of recognised
management: Practical management and
work on Wildlife Sites will be encouraged, by the SWT working with
Partnerships: With statutory and non-statutory
to ensure recognition of the value of Wildlife Sites, and to maximise
information exchange, particularly to assist in biodiversity planning
People: Through the development and
of the voluntary Wildlife Site Teams from among Scottish Wildlife Trust
members, to create a sustainable future for the monitoring and
protection of Wildlife Sites.
Teams covering Scotland are vital to
Wildlife Sites system at the local level.
Our aim is to
the Teams the training and confidence
need to complement their enthusiasm to do the work needed. The Teams
provide invaluable help by calling on their local knowledge to judge
whether all surveyed sites in their area make the Wildlife Site grade.
Teams help by looking after all
on local sites, making it readily available for local use. By liaising
with Fife Council's Planning Department and Fife Nature with
this information, the Teams
important role in protecting sites against adverse development.
To see where
Wildlife Sites have already been identified
Fife have a look at the MAP
originally published by FERN. (Now reverted to