How many SSSI sites are there in Scotland?

How many SSSI sites are there in Scotland?

1,422 SSSIs
Scotland has 1,422 SSSIs, covering around 1,011,000 hectares or 12.6% of Scotland’s land area (above mean low water springs).

How many SSSIs are in Sussex?

As of July 2019 there are 77 SSSIs in West Sussex, of which 53 are biological, 18 are geological and 6 are both biological and geological.

Who designates a SSSI?

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) SSSIs are areas of special interest due to their fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. The relevant statutory agencies and the DoENI designate areas as SSSIs under a special notification procedure.

What is SSSI?

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a formal conservation designation. Usually, it describes an area that’s of particular interest to science due to the rare species of fauna or flora it contains – or even important geological or physiological features that may lie in its boundaries.

What is a triple SSSI?

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Great Britain or an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man. The acronym “SSSI” is often pronounced “triple-S I”.

How many SSSIs are there in the UK?

There are over 4,000 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England, covering about 7% of England’s land area. Over half of them, by area, are internationally important for their wildlife, and designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) or Ramsar sites.

Where are the SSSI?

SSSIs are areas of conservation, consisting of protected areas, recognised for their biological or geological significance. In Northern Ireland an SSSI is called an area of special scientific interest (ASSI)….England.

Area of Search Avon
Number of sites Geological 39
Both 9
Total 86
Sites list List of SSSIs in Avon

How many SSSIs are in London?

Designation as an SSSI gives legal protection to the most important wildlife and geological sites. As of August 2019, there are 37 sites designated in Greater London, 30 of which have been designated for their biological interest and 7 for their geological interest.

What can you do on a SSSI?

You must manage land within a SSSI effectively and appropriately to conserve the special features of the site, such as:

  • grazing animals at particular times of the year.
  • managing woodland.
  • controlling water levels.
  • managing scrub on species-rich grassland.

Can you build on an SSSI?

Development affecting Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for planning permission. This usually also applies to developments that fall within a defined area around a SSSI. planning permission is unlikely to be granted for many developments that damage SSSIs.

Can you build on SSSI land?

What makes a SSSI Special in Scotland?

About SSSIs SSSIs represent the best of Scotland’s natural heritage. They are ‘special’ for their plants, animals or habitats, their rocks or landforms, or a combination of these. SNH chooses sites carefully after detailed survey, and evaluation against scientific criteria.

Where can I find information about the SSSI series?

Current information about the SSSI series is available on our website and in the SSSI Register3. Most international sites are also SSSIs. You can get further information about SPAs and SACs, which together are often called Natura sites, in the Natura booklet on our website4.

How does snsnh choose sites for SSSI?

SNH chooses sites carefully after detailed survey, and evaluation against scientific criteria. They can include freshwater, and sea water down to the mean low water mark of spring tides, as well as land. 1 Glen Creran Woods SSSI. 2 Black Grouse. 3 Limestone landscape in 1 Ben More Assynt SSSI. 2 3 The origins of the SSSI designation

What is the SSSI booklet for?

This booklet gives a broad outline of the law rather than a definitive interpretation of it. If you have any questions about an SSSI or how the arrangements affect you or anything you propose to do on or near an SSSI, please contact your local SNH office or refer to the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and its explanatory notes.