Almost half of SSSIs not monitored for more than six years

Many of England’s most environmentally sensitive sites are being left at risk of fly-tipping, pollution and the spread of invasive species due to Natural England’s failure to monitor them, data has revealed

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Many of England’s most environmentally sensitive sites are being left at risk of fly-tipping, pollution and the spread of invasive species due to Natural England’s failure to monitor them, data has revealed.

Of the 4,126 SSSIs in England, 47% have not been examined in the last six years, as is required by national monitoring guidelines set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The data was released by the environment minister David Rutland in answer to a Parliamentary question by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

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