Sites of Biological Importance
There are 70 Sites of Biological Importance (SBI's) in Wirral.
These non-statutory sites are protected through the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) process.
Since the adoption of the UDP in 2000 the sites have continued to be surveyed on a rolling basis, initially by Wirral Wildlife, with the assistance of other specialist wildlife groups, and more recently by the Wirral Local Wildlife Sites Partnership, established in 2007.
This identified a number of proposed changes to the original schedule of sites, including the removal of sites which no longer meet the criteria for inclusion and the addition of new sites which now meet the criteria for inclusion.
The Council has recently agreed the revised schedule of SBIs, as a material consideration for use by Planning Committee in the determination of individual planning applications.
A list of the Sites of Biological Importance in Wirral is set out below. You can download a map showing the location and boundaries of the SBI by following the links.
24 - Gayton Wood
25 - Gayton Hall Wood
26 - Backwood Hall Farm, Gayton
28 - Benty Heath Lane Ponds, Raby
29 - Willaston Copse, Raby
30 - Barnston Dale
31 - Murrayfield Hospital, Thingwall
32 - Manor Wood, Thornton Hough
33 - Thornton Hough Ponds
34 - Stanley Wood, Landican Lane, Storeton
35 - Rake Hey Covert Pond, Brimstage
36 - Arrowe Park
37 - Limbo Lane Pond, Irby
38 - Arrowe Brook Farm Ponds, Greasby
39 - Greasby Copse and Ponds
40 - Storeton Wood, Higher Bebington
Local Geological Sites
You can view information about Local Geological Sites elsewhere in this section of the website.