“Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) – also known as Sites of Biological Importance (SBI) or Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) – are areas which are locally important for the conservation of wildlife. They are identified and selected for the significant habitats and species that they contain.”
In Pitstone, we are lucky enough to have a Local Wildlife Site off Westfield Road. There is a Right of Way diagonally across the centre. The land is owned by Taylor Wimpey and they have granted permissive access to the rest of the site, so you will find a number of foot-trodden tracks.
Our Local Wildlife Site is one of the most important sites in the country for the rare small blue butterfly and also home to a variety of species of orchid, as well as other wild flowers, butterflies, birds and insects.
It is important that the site is respected and cared for. It is not an area of waste land. It is mown once per year as this is the optimum treatment to encourage growth of the wild flowers. Please ensure that you try to stick to the tracks and paths as this helps to prevent the flora and fauna from being disturbed. Please ensure you pick up and responsibly dispose of any dog fouling, as excessive fouling left in the field hinders the growth of certain wild flowers, which in turn affects the butterflies that would normally feed on them.
A new dog bin has been provided by Taylor Wimpey near the maintenance gate off Westfield Road and the parish council has agreed to pay for its ongoing maintenance and emptying. You will also find parish council maintained dog bins by the entrance from Church Road, the entrance from Hever Close and the entrance from Westfield Road.
We hope that you visit the site frequently to enjoy all wildlife, leaving behind only footprints and taking only photographs away with you.