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 notified extensions to 10 SSSIs in the Caithness and Sutherland peatlands on 25 August 2022, following the restoration of the land in question.  A copy of the notification letter can be downloaded from Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands extension - SSSI notification letter - Scottish Ministers - 25 August 2022.

Each SSSI map can be downloaded next

View our press release on Public Consultation for Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands Set to Open

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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