A large number of the sites in England that are protected due to their special interest in relation to flora, fauna or geological or physiographical features, also have a long history of wildfowling activity. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are notified in England by Natural England as part of its statutory function. For each site there is a list of operations which need written consent from Natural England before they can be carried out, these are known as “Operations Needing Natural England’s Consent” (“ORNECs”). It is the responsibility of the SSSI owner/occupier to submit a notice to Natural England should they intend to carry out, cause or permit such an operation. In response, Natural England may consent to the operation as proposed, consent to it subject to conditions or refuse to give its consent.
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