Natural England drags feet over SSSIs

Natural England is making slow progress towards meeting its Biodiversity 2020 targets for improving sites of special scientific interest

Dartmoor is home to a number of SSSIs. Photograph: Anna Curnow/123RFNatural England is being slow to improve the condition of sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs).

In 2011, DEFRA’s own Biodiversity 2020 conservation strategy set Natural England the target of making half of all terrestrial, freshwater and wetland SSSIs achieve favourable condition by 2020.

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