Brignall Banks

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Coordinates: 54°29′51″N 1°54′12″W / 54.49750°N 1.90333°W / 54.49750; -1.90333
Brignall Banks
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Teesdale
Location NZ063113
 - coordinates 54°29′51″N 1°54′12″W / 54.49750°N 1.90333°W / 54.49750; -1.90333
Area 85.0 ha (210 acres)
Notification 1987
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Brignall Banks SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Brignall Banks SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Brignall Banks is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of south-west County Durham, England. It consists of a narrow belt of woodland on the steep slopes of the valleys of the River Greta and its tributary, Gill Beck, just west of the village of Brignall and about 6 km south of Barnard Castle.

It is one of the largest expanses of semi-natural woodland in North-east England; a number of scarce species are present, indicating that it is ancient woodland.[1]

A varied lichen flora includes several species that are sensitive to air pollution and rare in County Durham, including some, such as Thelotrema lepadinum and Graphis scripta, that are indicator species for ancient woodland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brignall Banks". English Nature. 1985. Retrieved 18 July 2010.