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Landscape, wildlife and other natural resources identified from previous generations form our natural heritage areas.

The East Ayrshire Local Plan protects many areas of East Ayrshire considered to have value in terms of natural heritage from inappropriate development. 

East Ayrshire contains many sites of nature conservation interest comprising:

  • special protection areas
  • special areas for conservation
  • sites of special scientific interest
  • local nature reserves
  • provisional wildlife sites
  • ancient and semi-natural woodland
  • other non-designated sites and linear features such as rivers and hedgerows which are of local wildlife value and function as stepping stones or wildlife corridors, essential for migration, dispersal or genetic exchange of species

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Planning and Building Standards
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Telephone: 01563 576790