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Sites of importance for nature conservation

Sites of importance for nature conservation (SINCs) are areas designated for their importance for wildlife. The designation is also referred to as ‘non-statutory wildlife site’ or ‘local site’.

In London, there are 3 grades of SINC:

  • sites of metropolitan importance – important at a London-wide scale, sites which contain the best examples of London’s habitats,┬áhave particularly rare species or have particular significance in heavily built-up areas
  • sites of borough importance – important on a borough perspective, divided into two grades on the basis of their quality
  • sites of local importance – of particular value to people nearby, such as residents or schools

There are 24 SINCs in Hackney including a number of public parks, wetlands and waterways and woodlands.

Page updated on: 17 July 2019