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SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) The legal designation for an area of land in England, Scotland, or Wales that has been identified by English Nature, Scottish National Heritage, or the Countryside Council for Wales as being of special interest because of its flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features. Such sites are protected from development activities and funds are available for their conservation and management. There are over 6000 SSSIs in Britain; similar sites in Northern Ireland are designated Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs).

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