Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)
SINCs form a vital component of the biodiversity of Hampshire alongside statutory designated sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest
- Purpose of SINCs
Some of the most important wildlife sites in the county are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). But there are many other important wildlife sites which also contribute to the ecological network in Hampshire.
To safeguard these sites, they are designated as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs). SINCs are also known nationally as Local Wildlife Sites. They represent a legacy of good management and rely upon continued stewardship by landowners.
Designating a SINC raises awareness of its importance for wildlife particularly with regard to planning and land management decision making.
- Identifying SINCs
SINCs form part of a wider national network of locally valued wildlife sites. They are generally administered by local authorities in partnership with conservation organisations. HBIC manages the Hampshire SINC system on behalf of the local planning authorities and follows national guidance on identification, selection and management of local sites.
HBIC selects potential SINCs using data gathered from its survey programme and from the species groups. A site may qualify as a SINC due to the presence of a notable species or an important habitat. View the SINC criteria.
Potential SINCs are assessed by a SINCs Advisory Panel comprising Hampshire County Council, Natural England and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Existing SINCs are also re-surveyed and re-assessed on a regular basis.
Data on the wildlife interest of each SINC is maintained by HBIC and can be requested using the biodiversity information request form.