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.
(3 March 2014) Natural England has confirmed Rampisham Down in Dorset as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its special grassland and heathland habitats.
(17 December 2013) Spotlight on SSSIs - the newsletter from Natural England that highlights the achievements of landowners, managers and our partners in improving the condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) - has been published today.
(3 December 2013) Cumbria County Council have given Natural England planning permission to restore Bolton Fell Moss, a vast area of milled peatland in north Cumbria, back to fully-functioning, sustainable, raised bog.
(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.