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Sites of Special Scientific Interest

What are SSSIs?

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are those areas of land and water (to the seaward limits of local authority areas) that Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) considers to best represent our natural heritage - its diversity of plants, animals and habitats, rocks and landforms, or a combinations of such natural features. 

They are the essential building blocks of Scotland's protected areas for nature conservation.  Many are also designated as Natura sites (Special Protection Areas or Special Areas of Conservation).  The national network of SSSIs in Scotland forms part of the wider GB series.

SNH designates SSSIs under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. SSSIs are protected by law. It is an offence for any person to intentionally or recklessly damage the protected natural features of an SSSI.

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