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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Environment

Protected forest areas

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Woodland areas can be placed under different types of statutory and non-statutory protection.

The area of woodland that is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Great Britain or Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in Northern Ireland is estimated to total around 0.1 million hectares (Table 5.2).

Table 5.2 Woodland areas under types of statutory protection

Type of protection1

England

 Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

SAC

24

1

22

0

47

SPA

..

1

..

..

..

NNR2

9

1

19

0

30

SSSI

80

9

38

2

129

Source: Protected Forest Areas in the UK (S Pryor & G Peterken, 2001).

Notes:

1. SAC: Special Area of Conservation;
SPA: Special Protection Area;
NNR: National Nature Reserve;
SSSI: Site of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI in Northern Ireland).

2. For NNR, the Scottish figure is the area of NNR managed under the WGS, and probably under-estimates the total woodland in NNRs in Scotland. This has a knock-on effect on the UK total.

.. Denotes data not available.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

 

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