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Trend - Protected Nature Sites

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday October 3, 2017

Protected Nature Sites

Natura 2000 sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) represent the best of Scotland's natural heritage. These areas are 'special' either for their plants, animals or habitats, their rocks or landforms, or a combination of these. Together they form a network of the best natural features throughout Scotland and support a wider network across Great Britain and the European Union.

Natura 2000 sites and SSSIs, covering more than 1,000,000 ha of Scotland, have been designated for their national or international importance, according to their special biodiversity or geodiversity interest.

The Scottish Government has established a National Indicator to increase the proportion of natural features, on protected nature sites, in favourable condition. The indicator relates to the condition of over 5000 natural features on these sites. In the first cycle of site condition monitoring undertaken between 1st April 1999 and 31st March 2005, 71.4% of natural features were found to be in favourable condition. By the end of March 2017, 80.3% of natural features were assessed as being in a favourable condition, similar to 80.4% at the end of March 2016.

Protected Nature Sites 2005 to 2017

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