Poppies (Papaver rhoeas)and Corn Marigolds (Chrysanthemum sagetum) growing at Scotia Seeds farm near Montrose ©Lorne Gill/SNH. Info on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

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

Scottish Natural Heritage denotified part of Ballyoukan Juniper Wood SSSI near Pitlochry in Perthshire on 27 June 2019.  This was as a result of historic development on the site given planning permission in the 1990s.

We denotified part of Earlshall Muir SSSI at Leuchars Station, formerly Leuchars Air Base, in Fife on 23 August 2019.  This was as a result of development of essential infrastructure requirements for the expansion of Leuchars Air Base in 2003.

We denotified part of Skolie Burn SSSI at Addiewell, West Calder, in West Lothian on 1 November 2019.  This was as a result of a historic housing development at Burnside View given planning permission in the 1990s.

We have given notice that we intend to denotify Correen Hills SSSI near Rhynie in Aberdeenshire.  This is because common gulls no longer use the site for breeding, which was the original reason for the SSSI.

We have also given notice of our intention to denotify part of Foveran Links SSSI near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire. This is because part of the site has 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 Scottish Natural Heritage 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.