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Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) - all sites including terrestrial (SNH WMS) (OSCP)

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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.

Nature Conservation Orders (SNH WMS)

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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: https://spatialdata.gov.scot/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search

Ramsar sites - all sites including terrestrial (SNH WMS) (OSCP)

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A Ramsar site is the land listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (the Ramsar Convention) 1973. The Scottish Government has designated 51 RAMSAR sites in Scotland, covering 326,719 hectares. This layer displays the Ramsar sites across Scotland.

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Aquaculture - Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) Licences - December 2023

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Dataset shows aquaculture-related CAR Licences for Scotland. The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 – more commonly known as the Controlled Activity Regulations (CAR) – and their further amendments apply regulatory controls over activities which may affect Scotland’s water environment. This legislation arose from the European Community (EC)’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) becoming law in Scotland as the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (WEWS Act). The regulations cover rivers, lochs, transitional waters (estuaries), coastal waters groundwater, and groundwater dependant wetlands.

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