Crawley Borough Council is working hard to ensure that habitats for wildlife remain in Crawley, despite the pressures of an ever-expanding town. Over the years, meadowland, hedgerows, woodland, heathland and wetland have dwindled in size and number across the country, so it important to protect what remains.
Crawley is fortunate to have many areas of open space providing natural havens for wildlife. Some are large areas of woodland and parkland, such as Tilgate Park; others are small pockets of meadow on the edges of playing fields. All provide important wildlife habitats and are managed with nature conservation in mind, whilst still encouraging public access. Where possible these sites, and other areas of green space, are linked by footpaths to help people enjoy a walk to their nearest natural wildlife area.
Six of our sites are Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s):
These sites have a good level of local natural interest and a high value for public enjoyment of nature.
Eight areas are Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI’s):
This designation protects areas of importance for wildlife at a county level.
Community involvement in the practical management of these sites is encouraged through Let’s Face It projects, Friends groups, and volunteering projects organised by the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership . The project, part of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, is based at Tilgate Park.
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