Sites of Special Scientific Interest:Written question - 176209

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 155250 on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, how much Natural England has spent on monitoring sites of special scientific interest in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 October 2018

Natural England expenditure on monitoring sites of special scientific interest is set out in the following table.

Year

Expenditure

2010/11

£1,570,755

2011/12

£1,517,691

2012/13

£1,797,287

2013/14

£1,420,892

2014/15

£1,381,580

2015/16

£900,633

2016/17

£1,028,533

2017/18

£700,452

This includes Natural England staff time and the costs of specialist surveys.

This year NE is prioritising actions to address particular issues on SSSIs, especially those affecting upland SSSIs. NE continues to support and encourage partners in the work they do themselves to undertake SSSI monitoring.

Natural England is also developing an approach to the monitoring of SSSIs which will make better use of new technologies, such as remote sensing and greater partnership involvement. This is intended to improve efficiency of SSSI monitoring.

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