Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. DRAFT Last Updated May 2021

 Biodiversity

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Designated sites. Barnsley’s rich and diverse countryside includes areas of particular importance for wildlife. A good number of sites have important, distinctive and threatened habitats and species.


Certain sites,recognised nationally are given special legal protection. Some have been identified as having local significance.

Cotton Grass blanket bog Dark Peak SSSI SSSI Pye Flatts meadows

Pye Flatts Meadow: Granville Danny Clarke FRSA

Please note:

Designated sites are often on private land.


There is no automatic right of public access as a result of their status.

Does the Green Belt help biodiversity?

Designation as Green Belt within a Local Plan may help the environment and incidentally promote biodiversity but this is not its primary purpose which includes:


This is achieved by planning restrictions on development in the Green Belt.


The origins of the Green Belt are in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 that allowed local authorities to include green belt proposals in their development plans.

Links to information on designated sites:

A further series of sites in the Dearne Valley Nature Improvement Area have been given statutory legal protection as a SSSI by Natural England in May 2021. See the news on the Barnsley Biodiversity Home page