Site of Special Scientific Interest
The Woodland Trust describe a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as a ‘formal conservation designation for an area which is of particular interest because of its fauna, flora or geological or physiological features; in other words, these areas have extremely high conservation value. The designation could be due to the presence of rare species or geological and physiological features. An SSSI can also be designated to give higher levels of protection over other designations that might be given to an area of land such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s). (See Woodland Trust website for more information)
There are over 4,000 SSSI sites in England. Legally, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is the land notified as an SSSI under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), as amended (see link).
Local Ide Hill SSSI’s include Stubbs Wood.