Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
8. Maintain in favourable condition

There are a wide range of designated sites, including Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation, Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserves (NNR), National Scenic Areas (NSA) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Statutory Agencies (Natural England, NRW, SNH) are responsible for ensuring designated areas achieve ‘favourable’ status usually monitored using Common Standards Monitoring

Based on these standards, ‘favourable’ or ‘unfavourable’ are terms used to describe the condition of a feature of interest in relation to defined limits as a result of baseline and surveillance monitoring.

Natural landscapes
Minimal intervention except to kick-start natural processes


  • Implement statutory agency advice
  • Maintain any notified geological features
  • Educate and work with other groups / users
  • Advance funding applications to deliver management