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SSSI Guidelines: Chapter 11. Vascular Plants 2021


Guidelines for the Selection of biological SSSIs:

Part 2: Detailed guidelines for habitats and species groups

The statutory nature conservation agencies have a duty under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended, to notify any area of land which in their opinion is 'of special interest by reason of any of its flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features'. Such areas are known as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

This chapter covers vascular plants, and is an update to the previous version of the Vascular Plants chapter, produced in 1989.

For more information about the SSSI Guidelines, and to access the other chapters, visit the SSSI Guidelines webpage.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2021·02·01

Taylor, I., Leach, S.J., Martin, J.P., Jones, R.A., Woodman, J. & Macdonald, I. 2021. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed Guidelines for Habitats and Species Groups. Chapter 11 Vascular Plants. JNCC, Peterborough.

This chapter updates and replaces the previous Vascular Plants SSSI Selection Guidelines chapter, produced in 1989.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·09·28

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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