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Common Standards Monitoring Guidance for Earth Science Sites 2004


This document sets out a framework for setting – and assessing achievement of – conservation objectives for Earth science sites based on physical types of site (e.g. coastal cliff, disused quarry) rather than directly for Earth science interest features. This framework is chosen because sites of similar physical type have similar site-management requirements that dictate broad monitoring strategies. However, sites of different physical type can be designated as SSSI/ASSIs for the same 'Interest Feature'.

The definition of Earth science interest features for monitoring must relate to the site selection categories used in the Geological Conservation Review (GCR) and Earth Science Conservation Review (ESCR) programmes which underpin the SSSI and ASSI sites that have important Earth science features. The detailed reasons for why a particular site qualified for selection for a GCR/ESCR site selection category (called a 'Block') are documented in SSSI/ASSI citations, the GCR Series of publications and in country nature conservation body site archives.

In the Earth sciences, it is the combination of ESCR and GCR 'Blocks' that is used as the 'interest feature' list.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2004·02·01

JNCC (2004) Earth science, February 2004, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 1743-8160.

JNCC and the country nature conservation bodies commenced a programme to develop guidance across the range of species, habitat and earth science features which occur on UK protected sites.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·08·19

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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