My land is within an SPA Mitigation Zone, what does that mean?
The Thames Basin Heath SPA is home to three rare species of ground nesting birds - the Dartford Warbler, Skylark and Woodlark. In order to protect these, the Government in March 2005 designated the 'Thames Basin Heath' as a special protection area (SPA) under the EC Birds Directive. A large percentage of the SPA falls within the borough of Surrey Heath, however a series of mitigation zones have been established around the SPA to protect it against the impact of new development (potential for more visitors to the heatland).
The first zone has been drawn at a linear distance of 5km from the SPA and the other stands at 7km. Parts of the Wokingham Borough lie within these zones. A map of these areas can be found attached at the right hand-side of this page. For a more detailed search on your property, you can also use the Council's interactive mapping system to access this information.