Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are protected areas that are designated since they represent some of the best examples of wildlife or geological sites in the British Isles. Such sites are protected by law to preserve their special qualities, whatever they might be.
Therefore you can image our utter dismay to hear that on Friday 16th January West Dorset District Council granted planning permission to create a large solar farm on Rampisham Down in west Dorset.
Rampisham Down SSSI is a large site covering 72 ha (187 acres) and is situated in the heart of a legally protected landscape in west Dorset. It is designated because it is one of the largest expanses of lowland acid grassland remaining in England and is home to an incredibly rare grouping of plants and fungi, such as lousewort, eyebright and waxcap fungi. The site also supports other species including adder and a healthy population of breeding skylark.