What is SSSI Natural England?

Natural England will select and notify an area as a new SSSI when it believes the land’s wildlife, geology or landform is of special interest. When land becomes an SSSI , it does not give the public the right to access your land.

Who designated SSSI?

SSSIs were first notified under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The current statutes in force are: for England and Wales, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended (primarily by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000); for Scotland, the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

How do I notify Natural England?

Report any other incidents to the Natural England enquiries team by calling 0300 060 3900 or email [email protected].

How many SSSIs are there in England?

4,000 Sites
There are over 4,000 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England, covering about 7% of England’s land area. Over half of them, by area, are internationally important for their wildlife, and designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) or Ramsar sites.

What does triple Si mean?

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a formal conservation designation. Official authorities in each country determine which sites should have SSSI status: England: Natural England.

How close to an SSSI can you build?

around a SSSI is normally within 500m but may extend 2km or more from the SSSI boundary for certain kinds of development.

Why is Slapton Ley a SSSI?

As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it was declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR) in 1993. The Nature Reserve is 1.5 miles long and covers over 490 acres of natural woodland, marshes and reedbed habitat, making it a wildlife haven for all types of birds and vegetation.

How is an SSSI designated?

SSSIs are designated in accordance with the duties in law placed upon each of the country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) to notify as a SSSI any area of land which, in its opinion, is of special interest by reason of any of its flora, fauna, geological, geomorphological or physiographical features.

What powers do Natural England have?

Its powers include defining ancient woodlands, awarding grants, designating Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, managing certain national nature reserves, overseeing access to open country and other recreation rights, and enforcing the associated regulations.

How is Natural England funded?

After a modest injection of an extra £15m last year, Natural England’s total budget for 2021-22 will rise to £198m, of which 90% is from Defra, plus £2.5m from other government departments and the remainder from fees, charges and external funding. …

What is the role of Natural England?

What Natural England does. We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world. Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Can I build near a SSSI?

Development affecting Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for planning permission. This usually also applies to developments that fall within a defined area around a SSSI. planning permission is unlikely to be granted for many developments that damage SSSIs.

How does Natural England assess the condition of a SSSI?

Natural England will assess whether proposals to carry out operations within a SSSI have a positive or negative effect on the condition of a site. See SSSI condition and assessment for details of how Natural England classifies the condition of SSSIs.

How does Natural England select Sites of Special Scientific Interest?

For land you own or occupy, Natural England can select all or part of it for protection. Natural England will do this when it believes the site has features of special interest, such as its: Natural England will ‘notify’ (or designate) the land as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Who was prosecuted for damage to Newtondale SSSI?

Natural England took action to prosecute a farmer in North Yorkshire for damaging Newtondale SSSI. A farmer from Pickering in North Yorkshire has admitted three offences under the Wildlife & Countryside Act after being prosecuted by Natural England.

How to manage Special Scientific Interest ( SSSI ) land?

You must manage land within a SSSI effectively and appropriately to conserve the special features of the site, such as: grazing animals at particular times of the year managing scrub on species-rich grassland You must check if you need consent before you start work to: change an existing management regime