The magazine for the modern naturalist About Contact Back issues Shop Help Subscribe

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement"

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.5 June 2000

Assessing the condition of woodland SSSIs in England

By - Keith Kirby, Lionel Solly

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) notified under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act are the statutory basis for nature conservation in Great Britain (NCC 1989). However, notification of the sites does not by itself ensure that the geological or biological features for which the site has been notified are maintained in a favourable state. They may deteriorate through natural changes (scrubbing-up of heathland or a rock exposure) or through mismanagement (the planting of introduced conifers in an ancient broadleaf woodland or the use of artificial fertiliser on species-rich chalk grassland).

Buy this issue Subscribe now

"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist