Check ecological designations

Level of importance Site designation Designated by Relevant legislation and policy
Sites of international importance Special Area of Conservation (SAC) European Commission Habitats Directive 1992
Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010
The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF) 
Circular 06/2005 Part I
Sites of national importance Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Natural England Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF) 
Circular 06/2005 Part II
National Nature Reserve (NNR) Natural England National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
Sites of regional/county/local importance Local Nature Reserve (LNR) Herefordshire Council or Parish Councils with ratification by Natural England National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF)
Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) (formerly know as Special Wildlife Site (SWS) and Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (SINC)) Herefordshire Council in consultation with Herefordshire Nature Trust The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF)
Local Geological Site (LGS) (formerly known as Regionally Important Geological / Geomorphological Site (RIGS)) Herefordshire Council in consultation with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF)
Section 39 Agreement sites Herefordshire Council Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Section 39