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Local designations

Local natural heritage designations identify areas that are important to people, generally in a Council area.  Local nature conservation sites and special landscape areas may be known locally by other names but all are used to direct local planning policies and highlight local sites of interest.  Local nature reserves are areas of at least locally important natural heritage which local authorities own or manage to provide opportunities for people to find out about their environment.

Local designations are generally made by local authorities, though many are proposed by special interest and conservation groups, such as local Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) Groups or the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Local Nature Reserve for North Lanarkshire Council. ©Heritage Environment Ltd/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Local nature reserves

Local nature reserves - opportunities to get closer to nature, close to where you live.

Standing Stones at Bealoch Mor. ©Mags Russell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Libary on tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Local Landscape Areas

Special landscape areas - used by local authorities to guide countryside developments.

Women with wheelchair feeding ducks, Ratho. ©George Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Local nature conservation sites

Local nature conservation sites, including LWS, SINCs and RIGS,identify locally important natural heritage that could be damaged by development.

Family walking, Hillend Country Park, Pentland Hills, Lothian ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Country parks

Country parks - opportunities for outdoor countryside recreation close to towns and cities.

Walking. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Regional parks

Regional Parks are large areas of attractive countryside which lie close to Scotland's larger towns and cities, and which are popular for outdoor recreation

Lamlash with Goatfell in the background. ©Ben James/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Community marine conservation area

Lamlash Bay on Arran is the only area in Scotland with this community-inspired designation



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