Site description

The majority of plan formats begin with a description of the area covered by the management plan. They then go on to describe its features and the relationship between them to identify the importance of the site in a local, regional, national and international context. This site description typically contains the following elements:

  • Location: typically, a map and written details
  • Land ownership: a map and additional information about owners, neighbours and other users with rights on the site
  • Designation status: a map and often a table indicating any relevant designations of the site
  • Physical features: geology, soils, climate
  • Biological features: a description of the important habitats and species
  • Socio-economic features: a description of the land use history, current use and ecosystem services.
  • Research features: a section to describe where the information gaps are and research initiatives on the site.