Integrating Local Nature Conservation Sites (LNCSs) with wider policies and national approaches to conservation needs a standard approach. This guidance document sets out the common purpose and approach for LNCSs throughout Scotland.
Local circumstances differ throughout the country, and with these differences come innovative and creative approaches to LNCSs. But this breadth of approaches has, in the past, led to confusion about the purpose of such sites.
All LNCSs have the same purpose: to recognise, protect and enhance areas of substantial importance for biodiversity and geodiversity. This guidance sets out a common framework for selecting new sites and reviewing and maintaining existing sites to meet this purpose.
The procedures outlined in this document for establishing and maintaining sites are not prescriptive. They should be adapted to the local setting and involve a spirit of cooperation between land managers, planners and other stakeholders.
Publication 2006 - Guidance on Establishing and Managing Local Nature Conservation Site Systems in Scotland
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