Definitions for "Site of Special Scientific Interest"
Site of Special Scientific Interest. A designation for nature conservation, given specific protection in law.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act bestows a duty on the Government to designate land as an SSSI if the land is important in scientific terms due to it’s flora or fauna or geological features.
An area of land which is in the opinion of the nature Conservancy Council is worthy of protection and is of special interest by reasons of any flora, fauna or geological feature (see Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Section 28)