Sites of Special Scientific Interest:Written question - 225569

Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)

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Asked on: 25 February 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has of made of the proportion of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in unfavourable recovering conditions; and what targets his Department has set for the improvement of conditions of SSSIs.
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 March 2019

As of 26 February 2019, 54% of the 4,122 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) had not had an assessment by Natural England within the past six years.

54.7% of SSSI land is in unfavourable recovering condition. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan sets a new ambitious target to restore 75% of SSSIs by area to favourable condition by 2042, securing their wildlife value for the long term.

Available information is published online at:

I have asked Natural England for an assessment of the greatest impacts on SSSI condition as part of the development of the Nature Strategy we are committed to in the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Grouped Questions: 225568

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