Wildlife Sites are places that are of high wildlife value
Although the sites are not statutorily designated or recognised by law, they are protected through the planning system.
Many habitats and species are becoming increasingly fragmented and isolated.
A network of Wildlife Sites will act as corridors or stepping-stones, linking habitats together to aid migration and dispersal. Collectively, these sites should, with appropriate management, ensure the conservation of biological diversity on the island, for the benefit of future generations.
The Trust believes that conservation of Wildlife Sites is essential to maintain the biodiversity of the island. Our vision is for all areas of Wildlife Site quality to be managed to the benefit of the Island’s wildlife and that, where needed, resources will be available to ensure this happens.
The Trust has been at the forefront of the move to develop a Wildlife Sites system for the island and will be actively involved in its implementation. The Trust will work in partnership with other stakeholders to identify and monitor sites and seek resources to enable the Trust to provide advice and practical assistance with management.
As of 2013 we have over 70 sites covering over 1000ha (see map above, confirmed site areas marked in black), but this is still only about 10% of the final number.
Update, March 2013: The Wildlife Sites project is currently dormant awaiting further funding to complete its site selection process. We are however still very happy to answer questions about Wildlife Sites from landowners and developers.