List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in East Sussex

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East Sussex, and its location within the United Kingdom

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in East Sussex, a county in South East England. East Sussex is bordered by Kent to the north, and Surrey to the south,[1] and has an estimated population of 757,600 within an area of 1,795 km2 (443,554.2 acres), therefore making it the 28th largest cermeonial county in the United Kingdom.[2]

As of 2008, there are 64 sites designated within this Area of Search, 46 of which have been designated for their biological interest, 14 for their geological interest, and 4 for both biological and geological interest.[3]

In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which selects sites because of their flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features.[4] 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.

East Sussex is, from a geological viewpoint, the southern anticline of the Weald. The South Downs contain numerous chalk hills, which continue along much of the southern area of the county. East Sussex is home to much marshland area, with large amounts to the east of Beachy Head.[5]

The data in this table is taken from Natural England's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[6]


Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B][C] Year in which notified[D] Map[E]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Arlington Reservoir Green tickY 99.4 245.6 TQ535075 1985  Map 
Asham Quarry Green tickY 2.8 7.0 TQ441059 1993  Map 
Ashburnham Park Green tickY 273.5 110.7 TQ695148 1986  Map 
Ashdown Forest Green tickY 3,144.6 7,770.3 TQ450300 1986  Map 
Bingletts Wood Green tickY 15.8 39.2 TQ623211 1985  Map 
Blackhorse Quarry Green tickY 0.1 0.4 TQ769142 1989  Map 
Bream Wood Green tickY 7.6 18.7 TQ523329 1985  Map 
Brede Pit and Cutting Green tickY 0.1 1.3 TQ832184 1990  Map 
Brighton to Newhaven Cliffs Green tickY Green tickY 167.5 413.7 TQ390015 1986  Map 
Burgh Hill Farm Meadow Green tickY 0.9 24.3 TQ537128 1984  Map 
Buxted Park Green tickY 83.4 206.1 TQ488225 1989  Map 
Castle Hill Green tickY 113.5 280.4 TQ370070 1986  Map 
Chailey Common Green tickY 169.0 417.4 TQ390215 1985  Map 
Clayton to Offham Escarpment[F] Green tickY 379.3 937.2 TQ301136 & TQ400120 1986  Map 
Combe Haven Green tickY 156.1 385.7 TQ770102 1985  Map 
Dallington Forest Green tickY 16.2 40.0 TQ652208 1985  Map 
Darwell Wood Green tickY 37.6 92.9 TQ710202 1986  Map 
Ditchling Common Green tickY 63.6 157.1 TQ335183 1986  Map 
Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Green tickY 9,090.0 22,461.8 TR069201 1986  Map 
Eridge Green Green tickY 8.4 20.7 TQ554358 1985  Map 
Eridge Park Green tickY 390.1 963.9 TQ576344 1986  Map 
Firle Escarpment Green tickY 301.3 744.6 TQ480061 1985  Map 
Folkington Reservoir Green tickY 5.7 14.1 TQ564036 1987  Map 
Fore Wood Green tickY 21.5 52.6 TQ753128 1984  Map 
Hastingford Cutting Green tickY 0.1 0.2 TQ523259 1990  Map 
Hastings Cliffs to Pett Beach Green tickY Green tickY 299.4 739.8 TQ872112 1990  Map 
Heathfield Park Green tickY 40.8 100.8 TQ593210 1986  Map 
Hemingfold Meadow Green tickY 4.9 12.1 TQ777149 1984  Map 
Herstmonceux Park Green tickY 4.5 11.1 TQ650107 1986  Map 
High Rocks Green tickY 3.2 7.9 TQ560382 1986  Map 
High Woods Green tickY 33.5 82.7 TQ713100 1985  Map 
Houghton Green Cliff Green tickY 0.1 0.3 TQ931224 1990  Map 
Kingston Escarpment and Iford Hill Green tickY 64.4 159.1 TQ380080 1986  Map 
Leasam Heronry Wood Green tickY 2.2 5.2 TQ907216 1983  Map 
Lewes Brooks Green tickY 330.0 822.8 TQ410085 & TQ430075 1988  Map 
Lewes Downs Green tickY 149.8 370.2 TQ437103 1986  Map 
Lower Dicker Green tickY 0.1 0.2 TQ557111 1998  Map 
Lullington Heath Green tickY 71.7 175.7 TQ545017 1986  Map 
Maplehurst Wood Green tickY 31.6 78.0 TQ807134 1985  Map 
Marline Valley Woods Green tickY 55.0 135.8 TQ780122 1986  Map 
Milton Gate Marsh Green tickY 18.6 46.9 TQ541058 1991  Map 
Northiam Green tickY 0.3 0.7 TQ829253 1998  Map 
Offham Marshes Green tickY 38.1 94.1 TQ404118 1989  Map 
Paines Cross Meadow Green tickY 3.6 9.0 TQ616238 1991  Map 
Park Corner Heath Green tickY 3.5 8.7 TQ511149 1988  Map 
Penn's Rocks Green tickY 10.1 25.0 TQ520348 1985  Map 
Pevensey Levels Green tickY 3,501.0 8,650.9 TQ650070 1990  Map 
Plashett Park Wood Green tickY 154.3 381.2 TQ460156 1985  Map 
River Line Green tickY 1.8 4.6 TQ714190 & TQ719192 1997  Map 
Rock Wood Green tickY 10.3 25.5 TQ471249 1985  Map 
Rye Harbour Green tickY Green tickY 761.1 1,800.6 TQ935180 1984  Map 
Sapperton Meadows Green tickY 14.6 36.1 TQ588195 1991  Map 
Seaford to Beachy Head Green tickY Green tickY 1,102.0 2,723.1 TQ540970 1986  Map 
Southerham Grey Pit Green tickY 8.4 20.8 TQ427090 1990  Map 
Southerham Machine Bottom Pit Green tickY 1.6 3.9 TQ432090 1999  Map 
Southerham Works Pit Green tickY 0.8 2.0 TQ426096 1996  Map 
St. Dunstan's Farm Meadows Green tickY 10.2 25.2 TQ608193 1992  Map 
Stockland Farm Meadows Green tickY 5.8 14.2 TQ527251 1992  Map 
Waldron Cutting Green tickY 0.1 0.4 TQ552187 1990  Map 
Weir Wood Reservoir Green tickY 83.5 206.3 TQ395347 1985  Map 
Willingdon Down Green tickY 60.2 148.7 TQ578022 1986  Map 
Willingford Meadows Green tickY 11.4 28.2 TQ655223 1990  Map 
Wilmington Downs Green tickY 208.2 514.5 TQ545035 1986  Map 
Winchelsea Cutting Green tickY 0.1 0.3 TQ902169 1990  Map 

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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.[7]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[7]
D Site notification consists of designating a site as an SSSI and consulting with the owner(s). This list uses the date notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
E Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.
F Clayton To Offham Escarpment site extends into the county of West Sussex and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in West Sussex.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Map of East Sussex". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ "T 08: Selected age groups for local authorities in the United Kingdom; estimated resident population; Mid-2006 Population Estimates". Office for National Statistics. August 22, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Search results for East Sussex". Natural England. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  5. ^ Perkins, Ben. "Hooe circular". Retrieved 2008-06-11. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI (PDF files). Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  7. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2008-02-21.