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SSSI Guidelines: Chapter 19. Freshwater Fish 2018


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 selection for any eligible native fish species in Great Britain that inhabit freshwater systems for all or part of their life cycle, including migratory species that spend part of their life cycle at sea (i.e. diadromous species).

SSSI Guidelines for Estuarine Fish are provided in an accompanying chapter (Chapter 19b: Estuarine Fish).

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

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2018··

Bean, C.W., Mainstone, C.P., Hall, R.A., Hatton-Ellis, T.W., Lee, A.S.L. & Boon, P.J. 2018. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed Guidelines for Habitats and Species Groups. Chapter 19 Freshwater Fish. JNCC, Peterborough.

This chapter updates and replaces the previous Freshwater and Estuarine Fish SSSI Selection Guidelines chapter (Nature Conservancy Council 1989)

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Communications, JNCC publisher

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Metadata date 2022·10·27

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