Protected Sites

Throughout the UK, it is possible to designate a site due to the presence of particular plants.  These sites are SSSIs in Great Britain and ASSIs in Northern Ireland.  Guidelines for the selection of SSSIs are available.
Special Areas of Conservation have also been designated for plants. 
Once a site has been designated for a feature, that feature will be monitored.  Guidelines for monitoring sites for bryophyte features and for vascular plants have been produced.  The results of the monitoring are also available for bryophytes and vascular plants.