Natural England River Wye and Lugg condition assessment status change

Natural England River Wye and Lugg condition assessment and status change

The River Wye Site of Scientific Special Interest (SSSI) and the River Lugg SSSI, this means the River Wye and part of the River Lugg together form the ‘River Wye Special Area of Conservation’ (SAC), providing the rivers with the highest level of protection in the UK.

Natural England have carried out an assessment of the SSSI and concluded that its overall condition status has changed from ‘unfavourable – recovering to unfavourable declining. This is on the basis that:

  1. the River Lugg is showing declines in salmon, water quality and white-clawed crayfish.
  2. the River Wye is showing declines in macrophytes, salmon and white-clawed crayfish.
  3. The River Wye is not showing a decline in water quality.

For full details of the assessment and what this change means click here