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Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation

Places in Bexley which are valuable for wildlife have been identified as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs).

The River Thames at Crossness (John Archer)

These sites have been identified following Government guidance on local wildlife sites, published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. More detailed guidance on procedures for the identification of SINCs in London has been published by the Mayor of London.

SINCs are graded according to their importance. The top tier, Sites of Metropolitan Importance, are of value on a London-wide scale. Below these are Sites of Borough Importance (sub-divided into Grades 1 and 2) and Sites of Local Importance.

These sites receive protection from harmful development through policies in the London Plan and Bexley's UDP and Local Development Framework. A list of SINCs in Bexley, along with maps and site descriptions, can be found below.

2013 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation review

In 2013, the London Wildlife Trust (LWT) was commissioned by the Council to undertake a review of the Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) within the borough. They also surveyed potential new SINC sites and proposed 14 strategic wildlife corridors in the borough. A consultation was held on the review in early 2014, following which, further survey work was carried out in relation to the SINC site at Erith Quarry. Additional consultation took place on this survey work in late 2014. The comments received will feed into the final SINC review.

Survey information regarding the Erith Quarry SINC site can also be found below.

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