Marine sightings and strandings
County Wildlife Site project
Devon Wildlife Trust/Devon County Council
The County Wildlife Site (CWS) project is one of DBRC’s largest on-going projects, commissioned by the local authorities in Devon. CWS is not a statutory designation, unlike a Site of Special Scientific Interest , and so it gives no legal protection. However, CWS are still very important as they contain some of Devon’s rarest habitats, many of which are listed on the Devon Biodiversity Action Plan or the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. CWS are designated according to strict criteria. Download the local sites manual-policies and procedures for identification and designation of wildlife sites. The CWS project has been surveying and identifying new CWS since around 1990, and there is a good coverage across the county, with over 2,000 CWS covering an area of nearly 30,000 hectares which is roughly 4% of Devon. and are assessed and designated by a panel of experts. DBRC maintain the CWS system following advice from DEFRA.
As well as a programme of identifying and selecting new CWS, DBRC also needs to ensure the existing CWS are monitored and that the landowners are helped to protect and manage them. If you think you own a CWS, DBRC can provide you with free information about your site. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a leaflet with more information about County Wildlife Sites.