Protected area notices

News about formal changes and proposals to Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves.

Site of Special Scientific Interest notices

NatureScot confirmed on 8 December 2020 that land at Menie Links near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire is no longer a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This was because this part of Foveran Links SSSI had been modified by the development of a golf course.

National Nature Reserve notices

No current notices.

We may also publish the notices we post on the Tell Me Scotland website. (Select NatureScot from the 'Choose organisation' list on the left side). You can sign up to receive Tell Me Scotland email alerts whenever notices are published that will affect the area where you live or work.

We must publish a notice in a local newspaper (and by any other suitable means) whenever we:

  • notify a new Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • de-notify all or part of an existing SSSI

You can find more information about Scotland’s protected areas or visit SiteLink to view and download information on designated sites across Scotland.

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