A Site of Biological Importance (or SBI) is one of the non-statutory designations used locally by the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire County Councils in England to protect locally valued sites of biological diversity which are described generally as Local Wildlife Sites by the UK Government.
A section of Silverdale Country Park in Newcastle-Under-Lyme has been designated as a Site of Biological Importance (SBI).
The popular community venue, owned by open space management charity the Land Trust and managed by Groundwork West Midlands, was created on the former Silverdale Colliery as part of a restoration project funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.
Since being opened to the public, the site has provided a home for skylarks in spring time, a place for newts to flourish in the park’s pond and somewhere nationally scarce solitary bees and wasps have been sighted.
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