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SSSI Guidelines: Chapter 19b. Estuarine Fish 2022


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).

The chapter provides detailed guidance for use in selecting estuarine fish sites throughout Great Britain to recommend for notification as SSSIs. It should be used in conjunction with Part 1 of the SSSI Selection Guidelines (Bainbridge et al. 2013), which detail the overarching rationale, operational approach and criteria for selection of SSSIs; as well as the freshwater fish SSSI guidelines (Bean et al. 2018), and the Marine Intertidal and Shallow Subtidal Habitats guidelines (Brazier et al. 2019).

SSSI Guidelines for Freshwater Fish are provided in a accompanying chapter (Chapter 19: Freshwater Fish).

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 Environment

Reference date 2022·10·01

Hatton-Ellis, M.A., Hatton-Ellis, T.W., Nielsen, I, Scorey, A., Bean, C.W., Pinder, A.C., Colclough, S. & Harrison, A. 2022. Guidelines for the selection of biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed guidelines for Habitats and Species. Chapter 19b Estuarine fish. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.

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

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Metadata date 2022·11·02

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