Photo credit: Steve Aylward
Our Outstanding Wildlife
Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley is a tremendous place for wildlife with many places recognised for their importance for wildlife on a local, national, European and global scale.
Such places have been given formal conservation designations such as:
- Ramsar site – usually a wetland of international importance;Special Protection Area (SPA) – a site of European importance for rare, vulnerable or migratory birds.
- Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – an area that is of particular interest to science because of the rare plant or animal species it contains, or because of important geological features.
- Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a statutory designation made under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by local authorities. LNRs are of local, but not necessarily national, importance.
See a list of the Designated Sites within the Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley (PDF).