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SSSI Guidelines: Chapter 18. Reptiles and Amphibians 2022

Freshwater Terrestrial JNCC Publications UK Biodiversity Freshwater Habitats Reptiles and Amphibians UK Habitats and Species Wildlife & Countryside Act


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 reptiles and amphibian, and was published in 2022. It is an update to the previous version of the 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 Environment

Reference date 2022·09·01

Bernhard, T., Driver, D., Dyer, S., Edgar, P., Ellis, M., Foster, J., Howe, E., McKinnell, J. & Raynor, R. 2022. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed Guidelines for Habitats and Species Groups. Chapter 18 Reptiles and Amphibians. JNCC, Peterborough.

This chapter replaces the previous Reptiles and Amphibians SSSI Selection Guidelines chapter, produced in 1989.

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Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·09·28

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Communications, JNCC

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