Sites of Local Importance to Nature Conservation (SLINCs)

Sites of Local Importance to Nature Conservation (SLINCs)

Swan nest in Pleck

What is a SLINC?

Many locally important wildlife sites do not meet the criteria for designation as either SSSIs or SINCs. Therefore in the mid 1980s a new tier of locally important wildlife sites was introduced which were called Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINC). Sites are designated across Birmingham and the Black Country in accordance with the same published criteria as SINCs by the council's supported by Natural England, The Black Country Biodiversity Partnership and the Wildlife Trusts for Birmingham and the Black Country. As with SINCs, sites can be designated for both their ecology and geological interest.

What protection are they offered?

SLINCs do not receive statutory protection but are protected from damaging development by local and national planning policy. This category of sites receives a lesser level of protection than either SSSIs or SINCs. Recently published government guidance provides advice to councils and others on identifying and maintaining a network of SINCs. In Birmingham and the Black Country the SINC designation applies to only those sites with a locally important nature conservation interest.

Who is responsible for identifying these sites?

Walsall’s SINCs are identified by a partnership of council officers, Natural England, the Black Country Geodiversity Partnership, the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and EcoRecord.

Walsall has approximately 63 Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation which are listed below:

  • Albutts Road
  • Aldridge Station
  • Anchor Brook Valley
  • Anglesey Branch Canal  
  • Anson Branch Canal
  • Anson Road
  • Back Lane Hedges
  • Barr Lakes Lane Hedge
  • Bealey’s Lane Hedges
  • Bentley Mill Lane
  • Land south of Berryfields farm
  • Bescot Triangle
  • Black Cock Farm
  • Bosty Lane Hedges
  • Branton Hill Lane Hedge
  • Brick Kiln
  • Land east of Chapel Lane
  • Land at Chase Road
  • Clayhanger Village
  • Coppice Lane Wood (area outside SINC)
  • Coppiceside Wood
  • Daniels Lane Hedges
  • Daw End Branch Canal
  • Doe Bank Wood
  • Dumblederry Lane
  • Ford Brook
  • Gorway Wood
  • Goscote Wedge
  • Heathfield Lane West Pond
  • Hobs Hole Lane Hedges
  • Holly Lane Hedges
  • James Bridge Gasworks
  • Jockey Fields (area outside SSSI)
  • Lazy Hill Road
  • Leckie Road
  • Leyland’s farm north
  • Lichfield Road Rialway Hedges
  • Moat Farm Pool
  • Moorside Gardens
  • Natsfield Farm
  • North of Bentley Lane
  • Pelsall Common Pond
  • Pool House Farm Pool
  • Land east of Poplar Avenue
  • Potter's Wood and Meadow
  • Land at the Radleys
  • Rails Wood
  • Rushall canal
  • Ryder’s Hayes Farm Hedge
  • Ryecroft
  • Land east of Sadler Road
  • St. Margaret's Hospital
  • Shustoke Farm
  • Skip Lane
  • Skip Lane Hedges
  • The Spinney
  • Stencill’s Farm
  • Stonnall Road and Birch Lane Hedges
  • Sutton Road Wood
  • Walsall canal
  • Wolverhampton Road
  • Wood End farm
  • Wyrley and Essington canal

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Natural Environment Team
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Telephone 01922 654739

This page was last updated on 09 July 2015