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SSSI Guidelines - Chapter 14 - Non-lichenised fungi 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 non-lichenised fungi - lichens and lichenicolous fungi are covered in Chapter 13. Only a few fungi that spend their entire lives as microscopic structures (microfungi), such as rusts, smuts and ’moulds’, are included because of current uncertainties associated with their identification, distribution and status assessment. These guidelines provide the basis for selection of SSSIs for these non-lichenenised species, across a range of habitat types.

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Topic category Environment

Reference date 2018··

Bosanquet, S.D.S., Ainsworth, A.M., Cooch, S.P., Genney, D.R. & Wilkins, T.C. 2018. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs. Part 2: Detailed Guidelines for Habitats and Species Groups. Chapter 14 Non-lichenised Fungi. JNCC, Peterborough.

This chapter updates and, along with Chapter 12 Bryophytes and Chapter 13 Lichens and associated microfungi, replaces the previous Non-vascular plants SSSI Selection Guidelines chapter (Hodgetts 1992); it also replaces the previous chapter for Grassland Fungi (Genney et al. 2009).

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Metadata date 2019·06·25

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