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Nature conservation designations

This page gives summary and detail tables on nature conservation in Dorset.

Summary Nature Conservation Designations-May 2010

LocationNo. of SSSI's Hectares
All Dorset14119,994
DCC Dorset13518,728
South-West (2007)862149,402
England (2007)4,0881,053,000

 

 No. of Local Nature ReservesHectares
All Dorset49702
DCC Dorset33250

 

 No. of Sites of Nature Conservation interestHectares
All Dorset1,26712,172
DCC Dorset1,22711,779

 

Detail of Nature Conservation Designations

Area of land designated as:Dorset without B/mouth & PoolehaNo.Dorset including B/mouth & PoolehaNo.Weymouth & Portland DChaNo.Purbeck DChaNo.
SAC12,068.ha1412,753ha14626ha26,521ha4
pSAC55ha155ha10ha00ha0
SPA10,637ha411,648ha4127ha17,361ha2
RAMSAR9,766ha410,319ha4127ha17,059ha2
Combined area for RAMSAR, SPA & SACs15,088ha-16,113ha-625ha-9,082ha-
SSSIs18,728ha13519,994ha141803ha119,923ha38
SSSI Summary Favourable condition (management units)8,186han/a8,683han/a379han/a4,488han/a
SSSI Summary Unfavourable condition (management units)10,543han/a11,311han/a424han/a5,435han/a
% of SSSI in favourable condition (management units)44%-43%-47%-45%-
% of SSSI in unfavourable condition (management units)56%-57%-53%-55%-
SNCIs11,779ha1,22712,172ha1,267116ha321,953ha204
SNCI Summary In favourable condition (good/fair)5,905ha6216,173ha64842ha14670ha80
SNCI Summary In poor condition355ha47362ha5013ha349ha5
% of SNCI in favourable condition (good/fair)50%-51%-36%-34%-
% of SNCI in poor condition3%-3%-11%-3%-
LNR250ha33702ha4917ha31ha1
RIGS1,448ha621,448ha631,060ha1134ha17

 

Area of land designated as:West Dorset DChaNoNorth Dorset DChaNo.East Dorset DChaNo.Christchurch BChaNo.Bournemouth BChaNo.Poole BChaNo.
SAC2,502ha9326ha21,662ha2433ha270ha2615ha1
pSAC55ha10ha00ha00 00ha00ha0
SPA676ha20ha01,710ha2764ha259ha1952ha2
RAMSAR676ha20ha01,268ha2637ha234ha1520ha2
Combined area for RAMSAR, SPA & SACs2,563ha-326ha-1,717ha-774ha-70ha-955ha-
SSSIs3,574ha56839ha132,446ha221,143ha10244ha51,021ha8
Favourable Condition (management units)2,461haNA4000haNA198haNA259haNA167haNA330haNA
SSSI Summary Unfavourable condition (management units)1,113haNA439haNA2,248haNA884haNA77haNA691haNA
% of SSSI in favourable condition (management units)69%-48%-8%-23%-68%-32%-
% of SSSI in unfavourable condition (management units)31%-52%-92%-77%-32%-68%-
SNCIs4,917ha3372,849ha2241,814ha194130ha23179ha16214ha31
SNCI Summary In favourable condition (good/fair)3,091ha2951,296ha119772ha7735ha985ha9183ha24
SNCI Summary In poor condition160ha2723ha4106ha74ha10ha06.41ha3
% of SNCI in favourable condition (good/fair)63%-45%-43%-27%-48%-81.47%-
% of SNCI in poor condition3%-1%-6%-3%-0.0%-3.02%-
LNR67ha96ha282ha1072ha4299ha9158ha11
RIGS29ha27191ha1133ha60ha00ha00 1

Source: Dorset Environmental records Centre.  Correct at May 2010

Definitions: SAC=Special Area of Conservation; pSAC=Proposed Special Area of Conservation; SPA=Special Protection Area; RAMSAR=Internationally Important Wetlands; SSSI=Site of Special Scientific Interest; SNCI=Site of Nature Conservation Interest; LNR= Local Nature Reserve; NNR=National Nature Reserve. RIGS = Regionally Important Geological Sites

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