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List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Tyne and Wear

A map of Tyne and Wear, and its location within the United Kingdom also shown

There are 37 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Tyne and Wear, England. In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses sites because of their flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features.[1] 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 with each area being called an Area of Search.[2]

Tyne and Wear is made up of five administrative local authorities consisting mainly of the two largest cities in the region: Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland, thus making it the sixth largest conurbation in the United Kingdom. Tyne and Wear shares its borders with Northumberland and County Durham, to the north and south respectively.[3]

Sites

Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified References
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres Map[C] Citation
Big Waters Y 27.2 67.2 1985  Map  [38]
Boldon Pastures Y 3.5 8.6 1987  Map  [39]
Brenkley Meadows Y 9.2 22.7 1988  Map  [40]
Claxheugh Rock And Ford Limestone Quarry Y Y 7.1 18.0 1987  Map  [41]
Cleadon Hill Y 10.0 24.6 1984  Map  [42]
Dawson's Plantation Quarry Y 0.7 1.7 1996  Map  [43]
Durham Coast Y Y 765.4 1,891.0 1999  Map  [44]
Eppleton Grassland Y 13.4 33.0  Map  [45]
Fulwell And Carley Hill Quarries Y Y 6.0 14.8 & 1987  Map  [46]
Gibside Y 89.0 219.9 1989  Map  [47]
Gilleylaw Quarry Y 0.2 0.6 1986  Map  [48]
Gosforth Park Y 37.3 92.1 1987  Map  [49]
Hallow Hill Y 7.0 17.3 1986  Map  [50]
Harton Down Hill Y 1.1 2.7 1984  Map  [51]
Hastings Hill Y 1.3 3.1 1984  Map  [52]
Herrington Hill Y 6.9 17.1 1983  Map  [53]
Hetton Bogs Y 11.0 27.0 1984  Map  [54]
High Haining Hill Y 2.9 7.2 1983  Map  [55]
High Moorsley Y Y 6.8 16.8 1985  Map  [56]
Humbledon Hill Quarry Y 0.1 0.3 1985  Map  [57]
Hylton Castle Cutting Y 1.1 2.8 1986  Map  [58]
Joe's Pond Y 4.5 11.0 1984  Map  [59]
Lower Derwent Meadows Y 4.2 10.3 1986  Map  [60]
Moorsley Banks Y 5.5 13.7 1987  Map  [61]
Northumberland Shore Y Y 1,925.8 47,574.0 – & – 1992  Map  [62]
Pockerley Farm Pond Y 1.4 3.4 1984  Map  [63]
Prestwick Carr Y 51.4 127.0 1986  Map  [64]
Ridley Gill Y 12.2 30.1 1985  Map  [65]
Ryton Willows Y 6.9 17.0 , , 1985  Map  [66]
Shibdon Pond Y 14.6 36.0 1985  Map  [67]
South Hylton Pasture Y 2.8 6.9 1984  Map  [68]
Strother Hills Y 8.1 20.0 1986  Map  [69]
Thornley Wood Y 14.8 36.6 1990  Map  [70]
Tunstall Hills And Ryhope Cutting Y Y 15.8 39.0 , & 1988  Map  [71]
Tynemouth To Seaton Sluice Y 97.9 241.9 , , 1989  Map  [72]
Wear River Bank Y 4.8 11.9 1989  Map  [73]
West Farm Meadow, Boldon Y 2.8 6.9 1989  Map  [74]

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.[4]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Glossary of SSSI terms". Natural England. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Tyne and Wear Profile: 2004". Tyne & Wear Research. 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
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