Skip Navigation

Nature conservation designations

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

                            Summary Nature Conservation Designations-May 2010

Location
No. of SSSI's
Hectares
All Dorset
141
19,994
DCC Dorset
135
18,728
South-West (2007)
862
149,402
England (2007)
4,088
1,053,000
No. of Local Nature Reserves
Hectares
All Dorset
49
702
DCC Dorset
33
250
No. of Sites of Nature Conservation interest
Hectares
All Dorset
1,267
12,172
DCC Dorset
1,227
11,779

Detail of Nature Conservation Designations

Area of land designated as:
Dorset without B/mouth & Poole
ha
No.
Dorset including B/mouth & Poole
ha
No.
Weymouth & Portland DC
ha
No.
Purbeck DC
ha
No.
SAC
12,068.
ha
14
12,753
ha
14
626
ha
2
6,521
ha
4
pSAC
55
ha
1
55
ha
1
0
ha
0
0
ha
0
SPA
10,637
ha
4
11,648
ha
4
127
ha
1
7,361
ha
2
RAMSAR
9,766
ha
4
10,319
ha
4
127
ha
1
7,059
ha
2
Combined area for RAMSAR, SPA & SACs
15,088
ha
-
16,113
ha
-
625
ha
-
9,082
ha
-
SSSIs
18,728
ha
135
19,994
ha
141
803
ha
11
9,923
ha
38
SSSI Summary Favourable condition (management units)
8,186
ha
n/a
8,683
ha
n/a
379
ha
n/a
4,488
ha
n/a
SSSI Summary Unfavourable condition (management units)
10,543
ha
n/a
11,311
ha
n/a
424
ha
n/a
5,435
ha
n/a
% of SSSI in favourable condition (management units)
44
%
-
43
%
-
47
%
-
45
%
-
% of SSSI in unfavourable condition (management units)
56
%
-
57
%
-
53
%
-
55
%
-
SNCIs
11,779
ha
1,227
12,172
ha
1,267
116
ha
32
1,953
ha
204
SNCI Summary In favourable condition (good/fair)
5,905
ha
621
6,173
ha
648
42
ha
14
670
ha
80
SNCI Summary In poor condition
355
ha
47
362
ha
50
13
ha
3
49
ha
5
% of SNCI in favourable condition (good/fair)
50
%
-
51
%
-
36
%
-
34
%
-
% of SNCI in poor condition
3
%
-
3
%
-
11
%
-
3
%
-
LNR
250
ha
33
702
ha
49
17
ha
3
1
ha
1
RIGS1,448ha621,448ha631,060ha1134ha17
Area of land designated as:
West Dorset DC
ha
No
North Dorset DC
ha
No.
East Dorset DC
ha
No.
Christchurch BC
ha
No.
Bournemouth BC
ha
No.
Poole BC
ha
No.
SAC
2,502
ha
9
326
ha
2
1,662
ha
2
433
ha
2
70
ha
2
615
ha
1
pSAC
55
ha
1
0
ha
0
0
ha
0
0
0
0
ha
0
0
ha
0
SPA
676
ha
2
0
ha
0
1,710
ha
2
764
ha
2
59
ha
1
952
ha
2
RAMSAR
676
ha
2
0
ha
0
1,268
ha
2
637
ha
2
34
ha
1
520
ha
2
Combined area for RAMSAR, SPA & SACs
2,563
ha
-
326
ha
-
1,717
ha
-
774
ha
-
70
ha
-
955
ha
-
SSSIs
3,574
ha
56
839
ha
13
2,446
ha
22
1,143
ha
10
244
ha
5
1,021
ha
8
Favourable Condition (management units)
2,461
ha
NA
4000
ha
NA
198
ha
NA
259
ha
NA
167
ha
NA
330
ha
NA
SSSI Summary Unfavourable condition (management units)
1,113
ha
NA
439
ha
NA
2,248
ha
NA
884
ha
NA
77
ha
NA
691
ha
NA
% 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
%
-
SNCIs
4,917
ha
337
2,849
ha
224
1,814
ha
194
130
ha
23
179
ha
16
214
ha
31
SNCI Summary In favourable condition (good/fair)
3,091
ha
295
1,296
ha
119
772
ha
77
35
ha
9
85
ha
9
183
ha
24
SNCI Summary In poor condition
160
ha
27
23
ha
4
106
ha
7
4
ha
1
0
ha
0
6.41
ha
3
% of SNCI in favourable condition (good/fair)
63
%
-
45
%
-
43
%
-
27
%
-
48
%
-
81.47
%
-
% of SNCI in poor condition
3
%
-
1
%
-
6
%
-
3
%
-
0.0
%
-
3.02
%
-
LNR
67
ha
9
6
ha
2
82
ha
10
72
ha
4
299
ha
9
158
ha
11
RIGS29ha27191ha1133ha60ha00ha001

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

Powered by GOSS iCM
Feedback Form