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Common Standards Monitoring Guidance for Upland Habitats


This guidance shows how to perform common standards monitoring (CSM) for designated sites, including SSSIs and SACs, that specifically identify Upland Heathland habitats as a site feature. It provides guidance on the identification of interest features, attributes, targets and methods of assessment. It defines a set of generic attributes to assess status of the feature, highlighting those attributes that should be used on all sites and those that are site-specific (discretionary) to be used to reflect local distinctiveness.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Monitoring and assessment


  • Heathland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity

Source | JNCC

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