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Examples of work undertaken by our lawyers

Advised on hundreds of matters relating to SSSI's for Natural England including issues relating to planning agreements, licences, litigation, adverse possession claims, land registry issues and more.  

Davitt Jones Bould specialists

Legal issues that may arise

  • Claims relating to the damage or mistreatment of SSSI land. 

  • Advice relating to whether land does or does not meet the standards for SSSI. 

  • Leases and licences of SSSI land. 

  • Advice relating to rewilding schemes on SSSI land. 

  • Title investigation and review of SSSI land. 

  • Drafting or reviewing planning agreements relating to SSSI land. 

  • Claims of adverse possession relating to SSSI land. 

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A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a site designated as being of special interest due to the flora or fauna present or the geological make-up or physiography of the area under section 28(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA 1981) in England and Wales, and section 3 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 in Scotland.

SSSIs are a key nature conservation designation.


There are over 4,100 SSSIs in England and 1,000 in Wales, covering around 8% and 12% of the land area respectively. More than 70% of the England and Wales SSSIs (by area) are internationally important and also designated under EU legislation or international treaty obligations

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