Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Image showing open plains of Pulborough Brooks (SSSI)Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) conserve and protect the best of our wildlife, geological and physiographical heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. There are over 4000 SSSIs in England, covering around 7% of the country.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest Map

Map of England showing SSSIsYou can find details, including location, reason for notification, condition and management team contact details, of all SSSIs in England via Natural England’s Nature on the Map.

Natural England are responsible for designating SSSIs, ensuring they are managed appropriately and assessing and monitoring their condition.

For more information please visit the Natural England website.

Defra is responsible for all SSSI policy.

In this section:

  • SSSI guidance documents
    Guidance documents relevant to SSSIs, including the code of guidance document, financial management guidelines and the planning policy statement 9.
  • Summary of SSSI legislation
    Summary of the legislation relating to SSSIs, including key features of these legislations.
  • SSSI Appeals
    Find out about how to appeal against the conditions or refusal of a consent or the issue of a management notice.
  • SSSI Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets
    Find out about targets set for SSSIs in the PSA and progress to date on these targets.

Page last modified: 11 February 2009
Page published: 23 October 2008