Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are those areas of land and water (to the seaward limits of local authority areas or MLWS) that Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) considers to best represent our natural heritage - its diversity of plants, animals and habitats, rocks and landforms, or a combinations of such natural features. This is a Web Mapping Service (WMS) that contains the locations of SSSI's in Scotland.
Chapter 4: Protected Areas
Nature Conservation Orders (NCOs) are made to protect any natural feature of land that is within (1) a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), (2) a European site or (3) other land of special interest, and where it is either being actively damaged or there is evidence that it is under threat of damage. The Orders set out certain prohibited operations and the land to which they apply. This layer displays NCOs in Scotland.
This dataset was created by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), further metadata is provided by SNH via the following link: http://spatialdata.gov.scot/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/metadata/d749c9a8-0d3a-4ea9-a3a8-00a3328f7b48