Guidelines for selection of biological SSSIs 2013
Guidelines for the Selection of biological SSSIs
Part 1: Rationale, Operational Approach and Criteria for Site Selection
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 first part of the Guidelines sets out the general principles from which the evaluation and selection procedures have been developed. It also explains some of the background issues and concepts surrounding designation, and about which questions are often asked. It deals with the broad operational approach and the criteria for SSSI evaluation and selection as a whole, as the first level of guidance. Part 2 then presents the detailed and specific guidance for each of the main habitat types and species groups.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2013·12·01
Bainbridge, I., Brown, A., Burnett, N., Corbett, P., Cork, C., Ferris, R., Howe, M., Maddock, A., Mountford, E. & Pritchard, S. (Eds.), 2013. Guidelines for the Selection of Biological SSSIs - Part 1: Rationale, Operational Approach and Criteria for Site Selection, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 978-1-86107-625-0.
JNCC 2011/12 revision, based upon Ratcliffe, D.A., (Ed.). 1989. Guidelines for selection of biological SSSIs. Nature Conservancy Council, Peterborough.
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Metadata date 2019·06·28
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