Landscape Planning and Heritage

The purpose of SINCs

Recording a site as a SINC helps to raise awareness of its importance for wildlife and makes it a focus for nature conservation resources. SINCs provide an essential network of habitats that can be used to help re-build biodiversity on a landscape scale in Hampshire.


Identification as a SINC highlights the importance of a site when applying for funding through Environmental Stewardship schemes and can assist in a successful application.  It may also make a site eligible for other sources of grant aid for management.  Click for information on possible funding sources for managing SINCs.

Selection as a SINC does not impose restrictions on agricultural management or allow public access on a site where none already exists.  However, it is important to note that under national legislation, agricultural operations that may adversley affect uncultivated or semi-natural vegetation may require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).  Click here for more information on EIA from the Rural Development Team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Woodland operations are dealt with seperately by the Forestry Commission


Local authorities have schedules of SINCs within their area and include policies in their Local Plans and Local Development Frameworks to safeguard these sites from inappropriate development.  If you would like to know how SINCs are being considered in the Local Plan for your area,please contact your District Council.


Owners and managers of SINCs can obtain support from the Habitat Management Advisory Project , a joint project between Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.