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Countryside - information and advice
The natural environment team employs a number of specialists who give advise internally to colleagues and externally to partners and the public. Specialist areas include ecology, nature conservation and wildlife; landscape and historic parks and gardens and environmental policies and strategies. Advice is also offered on countryside management issues such as the management recreation site and where landowners can go to get advice on agri-environment schemes.
Advice is available on a number of natural environment topics, including ecology, nature conservation, wildlife identification, biodiversity action plans, wildlife legislation and protected species. Also on landscape issues including landscape character and historic parks and gardens.
Wider countryside advice is available including some specific projects. These are the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, which is a special landscape area where enhancement is guided by the Area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) Unit. The AONB team is based in Hovingham within the Howardian Hills and has a dedicated website. The team facilitates a wide range of activity including development control planning advice, agri-environment scheme advice to land owners and land managers, economic and tourism activities, access and recreation and environmental education.
The county council is in a partnership with Selby District Council to deliver a Selby district wide countryside service which encompasses access and recreation, environmental education, landowner advice and habitat management. The district has two sites for informal recreation at Hambleton Haugh and at Barlow Common. The latter is a designated Local Nature Reserve and has a visitor centre and a fresh water fishery.