Landscape Planning and Heritage

Habitat Management Advisory Project

Hampshire’s important habitats require management to retain their wildlife interest. This ranges from the coppicing of woodland to the grazing of chalk downland and meadows.

The Habitat Management Advisory Project (HMAP) offers free advice and assistance to owners and managers of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) to help ensure that these sites are maintained in good condition.  The Project Officer works in partnership with land management advisors within the County Council and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and with other organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Forestry Commission. Through liaison with other advisory projects and services, the Project also encourages conservation initiatives in the wider countryside outside specially recognised sites.

The Project aims to:

  • Inform landowners and managers about SINCs and their value for wildlife

  • Provide free advice on management

  • Assist land managers with applications for appropriate grant aid

Over the last three years the project has sought to contact as many SINC owners as possible in order to notify them of the designation and provide boundary maps. This process is nearing completion and will be finished by autumn 2007.

If you believe you may own a SINC and have not had an official notification letter please contact the Ecology Group

The Project is a joint initiative between Hampshire County Council and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.