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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21208: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of designated features of sites of special scientific interest have had no condition assessments undertaken in the last six years.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 6 February 2019

From a total of 3,710 designated features on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Scotland, 1,928 have had no Site Condition Monitoring assessments undertaken in the last six years. This represents 52% of all designated features on SSSIs in Scotland. However, some SSSI features were instead subject to a Site Check process, which involves a shorter site visit which can trigger further action by Scottish Natural Heritage, including Site Condition Monitoring or management intervention. Taking into account those features assessed by a Site Check, the extent of all designated features on SSSIs in Scotland not assessed in the last six years is 21%.