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List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Avon

A view of the Avon Gorge, designated as an SSSI for both its biological and its geological interest

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the former county of Avon, England, United Kingdom. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features.[1] Although the county of Avon no longer exists, Natural England still uses its former borders to mark one of its Areas of Search. As of 2006, there are 86 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which 38 have been designated due to their biological interest, 39 due to their geological interest, and 9 for both.[2]

Natural England took over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Nature in October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service. Natural England, like its predecessor, uses the 1974–1996 county system[3] and as such the same approach is followed here, rather than splitting these sites between the Somerset and Gloucestershire lists. The data in the table is taken from English Nature in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[4]

For other counties, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

Sites

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified Map[C]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Ashton Court Y 210.3 519.7 1998  Map 
Aust Cliff Y 5.3 13.1 1954  Map 
Avon Gorge Y Y 155.4 384.0 1952  Map 
Banwell Caves Y Y 1.7 4.2 1963  Map 
Banwell Ochre Caves Y 12.5 30.8 1983  Map 
Barnhill Quarry Y 3.1 7.7 1966  Map 
Barns Batch Spinney Y 0.1 0.2 1987  Map 
Bickley Wood Y 9.5 23.5 1988  Map 
Biddle Street, Yatton Y 44.8 110.7 1994  Map 
Bishop's Hill Wood Y 30.6 75.6 1984  Map 
Blagdon Lake Y 212.7 525.6 1971  Map 
Bleadon Hill Y 13.5 33.4 1999  Map 
Bodkin Hazel Wood Y 10.6 26.2 1974  Map 
Bourne Y 8.5 20.9 1992  Map 
Bowlditch Quarry Y 0.3 0.6 1952  Map 
Brinkmarsh Quarry Y 0.5 1.2 1974  Map 
Brockley Hall Stables Y 0.1 0.2 1987  Map 
Brown's Folly Y Y 39.9 98.5 1974  Map 
Buckover Road Cutting Y 1.7 4.1 1967  Map 
Burledge Sidelands and Meadows Y 48.7 120.3 2005  Map 
Burrington Combe Y Y 139.1 343.8 1952  Map 
Cattybrook Brickpit Y 2.2 5.5 1989  Map 
Chew Valley Lake Y 565.2 1,396.6 1971  Map 
Cleaves Wood Y 40.4 99.8 1988  Map 
Cleeve Wood, Hanham Y 8.9 21.9 1966  Map 
Clevedon Shore Y 0.4 0.9 1991  Map 
Combe Down and Bathampton Down Mines Y 6.2 15.4 1991  Map 
Compton Martin Ochre Mine Y Y 0.9 2.1 1988  Map 
Congrove Field and The Tumps Y 12.5 30.8 1991  Map 
Court Hill Y 10.5 25.8 1997  Map 
Cullimore's Quarry Y 0.9 2.2 1974  Map 
Damery Road Section Y 0.5 1.0 1974  Map 
Dolebury Warren Y 90.6 223.3 1952  Map 
Dundry Main Road South Quarry Y 0.7 1.8 1974  Map 
Ellenborough Park West Y 1.8 4.4 1989  Map 
Folly Farm Y 3.1 7.7 1987  Map 
Goblin Combe Y 51.9 128.2 1999  Map 
Gordano Valley Y Y 161.7 399.5 1971  Map 
Ham Green Y 1.1 2.7 1990  Map 
Hampton Rocks Cutting Y 1.3 3.2 1990  Map 
Harptree Combe Y 13.1 32.3 1954  Map 
Hartcliff Rocks Quarry Y 1.6 3.9 1991  Map 
Hawkesbury Meadow Y 3.3 8.2 1987  Map 
Hawkesbury Quarry Y 0.3 0.6 1967  Map 
Hinton Charterhouse Field Y 0.3 0.8 1991  Map 
Hinton Charterhouse Pit Y 0.4 1.0 1971  Map 
Hinton Hill, Wellow Y 0.3 0.6 1996  Map 
Holly Lane Y 0.5 1.2 1990  Map 
Horseshoe Bend, Shirehampton Y 4.5 11.0 1999  Map 
Huish Colliery Quarry Y 0.8 2.1 1985  Map 
Iford Manor Y 0.4 1.0 1996  Map 
Kenn Church, Kenn Pier & Yew Tree Farm Y 15.4 38.0 1997  Map 
Kilmersdon Road Quarry Y 0.4 1.1 1954  Map 
King's Wood and Urchin Wood Y 128.1 316.5 1990  Map 
Long Dole Wood and Meadows[F] Y 9.8 24.3 1997  Map 
Lower Woods Y Y 280.1 692.2 1966  Map 
Lulsgate Quarry Y 1.1 2.8 1997  Map 
Max Bog Y 10.6 26.2 1988  Map 
Middle Hope Y Y 84.1 207.8 1952  Map 
Midger Y 65.7 162.3 1966  Map 
Monkswood Valley Y 30.7 75.9 1990  Map 
Newton St. Loe Y 2.3 5.6 1992  Map 
Nightingale Valley Y 5.4 13.3 1989  Map 
North Road Quarry, Bath Y 0.3 0.7 1990  Map 
Plaster's Green Meadows Y 4.3 10.6 1989  Map 
Portishead Pier to Black Nore Y 71.8 177.4 1952  Map 
Purn Hill Y 6.1 15.1 1990  Map 
Puxton Moor Y 31.1 76.8 1994  Map 
Quarry Steps, Durdham Down [D] Y <0.1 <0.1 1990  Map 
Severn Estuary [E] Y Y 15,950.0 39,410.0 1976  Map 
Shiplate Slait Y 33.9 83.8 1987  Map 
Slickstones Quarry, Cromhall Y 2.7 6.6 1966  Map 
Spring Cove Cliffs Y 2.0 4.9 1952  Map 
St. Catherine's Valley Y 156.1 385.7 1997  Map 
Steep Holm Y 25.5 63.0 1952  Map 
Stidham Farm Y 17.3 42.8 1991  Map 
Tickenham, Nailsea and Kenn Moors Y 129.4 319.7 1995  Map 
Tytherington Quarry Y 0.9 2.2 1989  Map 
Uphill Cliff Y 19.8 48.9 1952  Map 
Upton Coombe Y 7.4 18.3 1989  Map 
Walton Common Y 25.5 63.0 1991  Map 
Weston Big Wood Y 37.5 92.6 1971  Map 
Weston-in-Gordano Y 12.6 31.0 1993  Map 
Winterbourne Railway Cutting Y 2.0 4.9 1990  Map 
Writhlington Y 0.5 1.2 1992  Map 
Yanal Bog Y 1.6 4.0 1988  Map 

Notes

A Data rounded to one decimal place.
B Grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, and is the system used by the Ordnance Survey.[5]
C Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.
D Size smaller than can be shown with one decimal place. Actual size: 0.006 (ha.) 0.015 (ac.).[4]
E Incorporates two former SSSIs: Severn Estuary (notified 1976) and part of Brean Down and Uphill Cliff (notified 1952). It was unified as Severn Estuary in 1989. It also overlaps with several other SSSIs:
The Severn Estuary extends into two other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Gloucestershire and Somerset.[4]
F The Long Dole Wood and Meadows site extends into the county of Somerset and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Somerset.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  2. ^ "SSSIs in Avon". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  3. ^ "County search of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d English Nature citation sheets for each SSSI (PDF files). Retrieved on 2006-08-05.
    • "Ashton Court" (PDF). 
    • "Aust Cliff" (PDF). 
    • "Avon Gorge" (PDF). 
    • "Banwell Caves" (PDF). 
    • "Banwell Ochre Caves" (PDF). 
    • "Barnhill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Barns Batch Spinney" (PDF). 
    • "Bickley Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Biddle Street, Yatton" (PDF). 
    • "Bishop's Hill Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Blagdon Lake" (PDF). 
    • "Bleadon Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Bodkin Hazel Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Bourne" (PDF). 
    • "Bowlditch Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Brinkmarsh Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Brockley Hall Stables" (PDF). 
    • "Brown's Folly" (PDF). 
    • "Buckover Road Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Burledge Sidelands and Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Burrington Combe" (PDF). 
    • "Cattybrook Brickpit" (PDF). 
    • "Chew Valley Lake" (PDF). 
    • "Cleaves Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Cleeve Wood, Hanham" (PDF). 
    • "Clevedon Shore" (PDF). 
    • "Combe Down And Bathampton Down Mines" (PDF). 
    • "Compton Martin Ochre Mine" (PDF). 
    • "Congrove Field And The Tumps" (PDF). 
    • "Court Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Cullimore's Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Damery Road Section" (PDF). 
    • "Dolebury Warren" (PDF). 
    • "Dundry Main Road South Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Ellenborough Park West" (PDF). 
    • "Folly Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Goblin Combe" (PDF). 
    • "Gordano Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Ham Green" (PDF). 
    • "Hampton Rocks Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Harptree Combe" (PDF). 
    • "Hartcliff Rocks Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Hawkesbury Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Hawkesbury Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Hinton Charterhouse Field" (PDF). 
    • "Hinton Charterhouse Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Hinton Hill, Wellow" (PDF). 
    • "Holly Lake" (PDF). 
    • "Horseshoe Bend, Shirehampton" (PDF). 
    • "Huish Colliery Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Iford Manor" (PDF). 
    • "Kenn Church, Kenn Pier and Yew Tree Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Kilmersdon Road Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "King's Wood and Urchin Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Long Dole Wood and Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Lower Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Lulsgate Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Max Bog" (PDF). 
    • "Middle Hope" (PDF). 
    • "Midger" (PDF). 
    • "Monkswood Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Newton St Loe" (PDF). 
    • "Nightingale Valley" (PDF). 
    • "North Road Quarry, Bath" (PDF). 
    • "Plaster's Green Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Portishead Pier to Black Nore" (PDF). 
    • "Purn Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Puxton Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Quarry Steps, Durdham Down" (PDF). 
    • "Severn Estuary" (PDF). 
    • "Shiplate Slait" (PDF). 
    • "Slickstones Quarry, Cromhall" (PDF). 
    • "Spring Cove Cliffs" (PDF). 
    • "St Catherine's Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Steep Holm" (PDF). 
    • "Stidham Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Tickenham, Nailsea and Kenn Moors" (PDF). 
    • "Tytherington Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Uphill Cliff" (PDF). 
    • "Upton Coombe" (PDF). 
    • "Walton Common" (PDF). 
    • "Weston Big Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Weston-in-Gordano" (PDF). 
    • "Winterbourne Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Writhlington" (PDF). 
    • "Yanal Bog" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
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