Whole feature assessment pilot evaluation report: SSSI Monitoring and Evaluation - 2021 Pilots.
In 2018, following several years of review, Natural England (NE) decided to change the way site of special scientific interest (SSSI) condition is monitored and reported. It was decided that a move to whole feature assessment (WFA) would support the need to reinvigorate the monitoring programme, enable the use of new technologies, increase the sources of information utilised and provide understanding of SSSI condition in the wider landscape. WFA would also align with the methods of monitoring and reporting used in NE marine protected areas and by the other UK Country Nature Conservation Bodies. This report summarises the findings of the 2021 WFA pilot studies and evaluates the risks identified in moving to WFA.