PPS 2: Planning and Nature Conservation
Development Plans: Outside Designated Areas
33. The Habitats Directive requires Member States to endeavour to encourage the management of features of the landscape which are of importance for wild flora and fauna. These are features which, 'by virtue of their linear and continuous structure (such as rivers with their banks or the traditional systems for marking field boundaries) or their function as stepping stones (such as ponds or small woods) are essential for the migration, dispersal and genetic exchange of wild species.4 Where appropriate, development plans may contain policies to protect such features, which are of importance to nature conservation.
4 Article 10: EC Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora.