Aberdeenshire Council has undertaken a review of the region to identify areas of local and regional importance for biological diversity and geological diversity, to be known as Local Nature Conservation Sites. It is intended that the sites will be identified and mapped in the 2016 Local Development Plan as Supplementary Guidance so that the special interest of the site can be taken into account when considering planning applications which may affect the interest of the site.
This is an exciting opportunity for Aberdeenshire Council to work with landowners and land managers to consider pockets of land that are host to excellent examples of semi-natural habitat, locally important species, or interesting landforms which are valuable for future education. For those sites which are accessible to the public, it is also a chance for members of the public to take pride in the natural environment in their locality and be encouraged to learn about it and protect it for future generations.
Aberdeenshire Council is now undertaking a process to identify and notify owners of Local Nature Conservation Sites. Letters will be sent to landowners and residents within the vicinity of the sites and we would be grateful for any response which confirms actual, or potential, ownership of the outlined area. Aberdeenshire Council can supply additional information on what we believe is of interest on this site to owners including a habitat map and species list and would look to meet with landowners to discuss management techniques which could enhance the special features for which the area has been identified. Although no funding is available through the Council for management of Local Nature Conservation Sites, there may be potential for funding through future Scotland Rural Development Programme schemes which focus on priority habitats and species.
A list of the sites is attached. If you would like to see a map showing the site boundary for a particular site or require further information on the above please contact Kirsty Black on (01467) 628002 or