A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is one of the country's very best wildlife and/or geological sites. SSSIs include some of the most spectacular and beautiful habitats: wetlands teeming with wading birds, winding chalk rivers, flower-rich meadows, windswept shingle beaches and remote upland peat bogs.
There are over 4,100 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England, covering around 8% of the country's land area. More than 70% of these sites (by area) are internationally important for their wildlife and designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) or Ramsar sites.
(14 March 2013) Natural England yesterday notified land at Lodge Hill in Kent as an extension to Chattenden Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its nightingale population and its special grassland and woodland.
The Board of Natural England has today given approval to confirm the designation of the Benty Grange Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Derbyshire, in recognition of the site’s nationally important grassland interest.
(1 November 2012)
Natural England has recently published ‘Spotlight on SSSIs’, its first annual statement on the conservation status of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).