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List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset

Exposed limestone cliffs on either side of a road with cars on it.
A view of the Cheddar 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 Somerset, 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] There are 127 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which 83 have been designated due to their biological interest, 35 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, therefore some sites you may expect to find in this list could be in the Avon list. 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
Aller and Beer Woods Y 56.9 140.6 1952  Map 
Aller Hill Y 18.4 45.4 1988  Map 
Asham Wood Y 141.6 347.5 1963  Map 
Axbridge Hill and Fry's Hill Y 67.1 160.1 1990  Map 
Babcary Meadows Y 13.6 31.6 1988  Map 
River Barle Y 104.2 257.5 1997  Map 
Barle Valley Y 622.9 1,539.2 1954  Map 
Barrington Hill Meadows Y 16.1 39.5 1987  Map 
Ben Knowle Y 1.5 3.6 1984  Map 
Berrow Dunes Y 200.0 494.3 1952  Map 
Black Down and Sampford Commons Y 155.2 383.5 1952  Map 
Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Y 742.8 1,835.5 1971  Map 
Brean Down Y Y 65.1 169.7 1952  Map 
Bridgwater Bay Y 3,574.1 8,831.6 1989  Map 
Briggins Moor Y 15.3 37.8 1994  Map 
Brimble Pit and Cross Swallet Basins Y 154.3 381.3 1987  Map 
Bruton Railway Cutting Y 1.7 4.3 1971  Map 
Catcott Edington and Chilton Moors Y 1,083.0 2,676.0 1967  Map 
Chancellor's Farm Y 34.2 84.6 1984  Map 
Cheddar Complex Y Y 441.3 1,090.5 1952  Map 
Cheddar Reservoir Y 105.4 260.6 1972  Map 
Cheddar Wood Y 86.9 214.7 1967  Map 
Cleeve Hill Y 15.1 37.4 1989  Map 
Cloford Quarry Y 38.9 98.6 1994  Map 
Cogley Wood Y 60.7 150.1 1987  Map 
Cook's Wood Quarry Y 1.8 4.4 1988  Map 
Crook Peak to Shute Shelve Hill Y Y 332.2 820.9 1952  Map 
Curry and Hay Moors Y 472.8 1,168.1 1992  Map 
Deadman Y 28.8 71.2 1987  Map 
Doulting Railway Cutting Y 2.8 6.9 1971  Map 
Draycott Sleights Y 62.0 153.0 1987  Map 
Dunster Park and Heathlands Y 466.6 1,153.0 2000  Map 
East Polden Grasslands Y 124.0 306.4 1999  Map 
Ebbor Gorge Y 41.0 156.8 1952  Map 
Edford Woods and Meadows Y 54.3 134.1 1957  Map 
Emborough Quarries Y 1.0 2.5 1971  Map 
Exmoor Coastal Heaths Y 1,758.3 4,344.7 1994  Map 
Fivehead Arable Fields Y 10.3 25.4 1990  Map 
Fivehead Woods and Meadow Y 62.4 154.2 1989  Map 
Freshmoor Y 11.2 27.7 1989  Map 
Friar's Oven Y 4.0 9.9 1989  Map 
Ge-mare Farm Fields Y 4.1 10.3 1988  Map 
Glenthorne Y 13.3 32.8 1989  Map 
Godminster Lane Quarry and Railway Cutting Y 0.8 1.9 1971  Map 
Great Breach and Copley Woods Y 64.8 160.0 1972  Map 
Greylake Y 9.3 22.9 1987  Map 
Grove Farm Y 36.5 90.2 1989  Map 
Ham Hill Y 11.1 27.6 1971  Map 
Hardington Moor Y 8.7 21.6 1994  Map 
Hestercombe House [D] Y <0.1 0.2 2000  Map 
Hobbs Quarry Y 0.5 0.1 1984  Map 
Holme Moor & Clean Moor Y 10.8 26.7 1987  Map 
Holwell Quarries Y 1.3 3.2 1952  Map 
Hurcott Farm Y 26.3 65.0 1993  Map 
Hurcott Lane Cutting Y 0.5 1.2 1997  Map 
King's Sedgemoor Y 822.0 2,031.2 1985  Map 
Kingdown and Middledown Y 5.7 14.1 1991  Map 
Kingweston Meadows Y 11.5 28.4 1990  Map 
Lamb Leer Y 14.6 36.0 1983  Map 
Lang's Farm Y 7.5 18.5 1990  Map 
Langford Heathfield Y 95.4 235.7 1966  Map 
Langmead and Weston Level Y 168.8 417.1 1991  Map 
Langport Railway Cutting Y 0.5 1.3 1992  Map 
Laycock Railway Cutting Y 1.3 3.1 1993  Map 
Leighton Road Cutting Y 0.6 1.4 1984  Map 
Long Dole Wood and Meadows[H] Y 9.8 24.3 1997  Map 
Long Lye Y 11.7 29.0 1988  Map 
Long Lye Meadow Y 3.3 8.2 2002  Map 
Longleat Woods Y 249.9 617.4 1972  Map 
Low Ham Y 5.0 12.5 1988  Map 
Maes Down Y 0.2 0.4 1985  Map 
Maesbury Railway Cutting Y 2.0 5.0 1995  Map 
Miller's Hill, Milborne Wick Y 0.6 1.4 1985  Map 
Millwater Y 1.4 3.5 1989  Map 
Moon's Hill Quarry Y 3.4 8.5 1996  Map 
Moorlinch Y 226.0 558.4 1985  Map 
Nettlecombe Park Y 90.4 223.4 1990  Map 
North Brewham Meadows Y 8.9 21.9 1987  Map 
North Curry Meadow Y 1.3 3.1 1989  Map 
North Exmoor Y 12,005.3 29,665.0 1954  Map 
North Moor Y 676.3 1,671.1 1986  Map 
Old Ironstone Works, Mells Y 0.3 0.6 1987  Map 
The Perch Y 72.1 178.2 1990  Map 
Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh Y Y 186.3 460.4 1990  Map 
Postlebury Wood Y 87.0 215.0 1987  Map 
Priddy Caves Y 67.1 167.0 1965  Map 
Priddy Pools Y Y 52.7 130.2 1972  Map 
Prior's Park & Adcombe Wood Y 103.6 256.0 1952  Map 
Quantocks Y 2,506.9 6,194.5 1970  Map 
Quants Y 50.6 126.0 1988  Map 
Ringdown Y 4.0 9.9 1990  Map 
Rodney Stoke Y Y 69.6 172.0 1957  Map 
Roebuck Meadows Y 3.6 8.9 1988  Map 
Ruttersleigh Y 97.0 239.7 1991  Map 
Sandpit Hole and Bishop's Lot Y 0.7 1.8 1987  Map 
Seavington St. Mary Y 0.3 0.7 1971  Map 
Severn Estuary [E] [F] Y 15,950.0 39,410.0 1976  Map 
Shapwick Heath Y 394.0 973.6 1967  Map 
Sharpham Moor Plot Y 0.5 1.3 1967  Map 
Shepton Montague Railway Cutting Y 1.6 4.0 1992  Map 
Snowdon Hill Quarry Y 0.6 1.6 1963  Map 
South Exmoor Y 3,132.7 7,742.3 1992  Map 
Southey and Gotleigh Moors Y 81.3 200.1 1988  Map 
Southlake Moor Y 196.1 484.6 1985  Map 
Sparkford Wood Y 8.4 20.7 1954  Map 
St. Dunstan's Well Catchment Y Y 39.8 98.3 1967  Map 
Stowell Meadow Y 2.8 6.9 1987  Map 
Street Heath Y 12.5 31.0 1966  Map 
Tealham and Tadham Moors Y 917.6 2,267.3 1985  Map 
Thrupe Lane Swallet Y 0.5 1.2 1992  Map 
Thurlbear Wood and Quarrylands Y 26.7 65.8 1963  Map 
Twinhills Woods and Meadows Y 21.2 52.4 1990  Map 
Vallis Vale Y Y 23.9 59.1 1952  Map 
Viaduct Quarry Y 0.3 0.8 1984  Map 
Walton and Ivythorn Hills Y 34.9 86.1 1953  Map 
West Moor Y 213.0 526.3 1985  Map 
West Sedgemoor Y 1,016.0 2,510.0 1983  Map 
Westhay Heath Y 25.9 64.0 1990  Map 
Westhay Moor Y 513.7 1,269.3 1971  Map 
Wet Moor Y 491.0 1,214.0 1985  Map 
Whitevine Meadows Y 13.0 32.0 1979  Map 
Windsor Hill Marsh Y 0.8 2.0 1972  Map 
Windsor Hill Quarry Y 0.8 1.9 1986  Map 
Wookey Hole Caves Y Y 39.4 97.4 1952  Map 
Wookey Station [G] Y <0.1 0.1 1997  Map 
Woolhayes Farm Y 13.2 32.5 1992  Map 
Wurt Pit and Devil's Punchbowl Y 0.2 0.5 1987  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 English Nature.
D Size smaller than can be shown with one decimal place. Actual size: 0.08 ha.[4]
E The Severn Estuary SSSI overlaps with the following SSSIs:[4]
F 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.[4]
G Size smaller than can be shown with one decimal place. Actual size: 0.04 ha. (0.1 ac.).[4]
H The Long Dole Wood and Meadows site extends into Bath and North East Somerset and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Avon.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  2. ^ "SSSIs in Somerset". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  3. ^ "County search of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f English Nature citation sheets for each SSSI (PDF files). Retrieved on 2006-08-05.
    • "Aller and Beer Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Aller Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Asham Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Axbridge Hill and Fry's Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Babcary Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Barle Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Barrington Hill Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Ben Knowle" (PDF). 
    • "Berrow Dunes" (PDF). 
    • "Black Down and Sampford Commons" (PDF). 
    • "Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast" (PDF). 
    • "Brean Down" (PDF). 
    • "Bridgwater Bay" (PDF). 
    • "Briggins Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Brimble Pit and Cross Swallet Basins" (PDF). 
    • "Bruton Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Catcott Edington And Chilton Moors" (PDF). 
    • "Chancellor's Farm" (PDF). 
    • "The Cheddar Complex" (PDF). 
    • "Cheddar Reservoir" (PDF). 
    • "Cheddar Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Cleeve Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Cloford Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Cogley Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Cook's Wood Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Crook Peak to Shute Shelve Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Curry and Hay Moors" (PDF). 
    • "Deadman" (PDF). 
    • "Doulting Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Draycott Sleights" (PDF). 
    • "Dunster Park and Heathlands" (PDF). 
    • "East Polden Grasslands" (PDF). 
    • "Ebbor Gorge" (PDF). 
    • "Edford Woods and Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Emborough Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Exmoor Coastal Heaths" (PDF). 
    • "Fivehead Arable Fields" (PDF). 
    • "Fivehead Woods and Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Freshmoor" (PDF). 
    • "Friar's Oven" (PDF). 
    • "Ge-mare Farm Fields" (PDF). 
    • "Glenthorne" (PDF). 
    • "Godminster Lane Quarry and Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Great Breach and Copley Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Greylake" (PDF). 
    • "Grove Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Ham Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Hardington Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Hestercombe House" (PDF). 
    • "Hobbs Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Holme Moor & Clean Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Holwell Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Hurcott Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Hurcott Lane Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "King's Sedgemoor" (PDF). 
    • "Kingdown and Middledown" (PDF). 
    • "Kingweston Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Lamb Leer" (PDF). 
    • "Lang's Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Langford Heathfield" (PDF). 
    • "Langmead and Weston Level" (PDF). 
    • "Langport Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Laycock Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Leighton Road Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Long Lye" (PDF). 
    • "Long Lye Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Longleat Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Low Ham" (PDF). 
    • "Maes Down" (PDF). 
    • "Maesbury Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Miller's Hill, Milborne Wick" (PDF). 
    • "Millwater" (PDF). 
    • "Moon's Hill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Moorlinch" (PDF). 
    • "Nettlecombe Park" (PDF). 
    • "North Brewham Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "North Curry Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "North Exmoor" (PDF). 
    • "North Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Old Ironstone Works, Mells" (PDF). 
    • "The Perch" (PDF). 
    • "Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh" (PDF). 
    • "Postlebury Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Priddy Caves" (PDF). 
    • "Priddy Pools" (PDF). 
    • "Prior's Park & Adcombe Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Quantocks" (PDF). 
    • "Quants" (PDF). 
    • "Ringdown" (PDF). 
    • "River Barle" (PDF). 
    • "Rodney Stoke" (PDF). 
    • "Roebuck Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Ruttersleigh" (PDF). 
    • "Sandpit Hole and Bishop's Lot" (PDF). 
    • "Seavington St. Mary" (PDF). 
    • "Severn Estuary" (PDF). 
    • "Shapwick Heath" (PDF). 
    • "Sharpham Moor Plot" (PDF). 
    • "Shepton Montague Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Snowdon Hill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "South Exmoor" (PDF). 
    • "Southey and Gotleigh Moors" (PDF). 
    • "Southlake Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Sparkford Wood" (PDF). 
    • "St. Dunstan's Well Catchment" (PDF). 
    • "Stowell Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Street Heath" (PDF). 
    • "Tealham and Tadham Moors" (PDF). 
    • "Thrupe Lane Swallet" (PDF). 
    • "Thurlbear Wood and Quarrylands" (PDF). 
    • "Twinhills Woods and Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Vallis Vale" (PDF). 
    • "Viaduct Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Walton and Ivythorn Hills" (PDF). 
    • "West Moor" (PDF). 
    • "West Sedgemoor" (PDF). 
    • "Westhay Heath" (PDF). 
    • "Westhay Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Wet Moor" (PDF). 
    • "Whitevine Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Windsor Hill Marsh" (PDF). 
    • "Windsor Hill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Wookey Hole Caves" (PDF). 
    • "Wookey Station" (PDF). 
    • "Woolhayes Farm" (PDF). 
    • "Wurt Pit And Devil's Punchbowl" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
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