List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Greater Manchester

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This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. 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] As of 2006, there are 21 sites designated within this Area of Search, of which 14 have been designated due to their biological interest, 5 due to their geological interest, and 2 for both biological and geological interest.[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 Lancashire and Cheshire lists. The data in the table is taken from English Nature's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[4]

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

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified Map[C]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Abram Flashes Green tickY   39.6 98.0 SD610003 1990  Map 
Ashclough   Green tickY 5.8 14.3 SD763063 & SD757063 1988  Map 
Astley & Bedford Mosses Green tickY   92.2 227.8 SJ692975 1989  Map 
Brookheys Covert Green tickY   2.4 5.8 SJ742904 1977  Map 
Bryn Marsh & Ince Moss Green tickY   68.3 168.8 SD585025 & SD595025 1989  Map 
Compstall Nature Reserve Green tickY   12.8 31.6 SJ976917 1977  Map 
Cotteril Clough Green tickY   10.3 25.5 SJ805839 1951  Map 
Dark Peak[D] Green tickY Green tickY 31,852.9 78,708.4 SK110960 1951  Map 
Dunham Park Green tickY   78.0 192.7 SJ740870 1965  Map 
Gale Clough And Shooterslee Wood[E] Green tickY   8.6 21.2 SD702141 1979  Map 
Highfield Moss Green tickY   21.3 52.6 SJ614956 1986  Map 
Hollinwood Branch Canal Green tickY   3.3 8.2 SJ910993SJ920004 1986  Map 
Huddersfield Narrow Canal Green tickY   18.4 45.5 SJ936986SD981033 1988  Map 
Ladcastle and Den Quarries   Green tickY 2.5 6.2 SD995060 1984  Map 
Lowside Brickworks   Green tickY 1.4 3.5 SD941041 1989  Map 
Ludworth Intake   Green tickY 5.1 12.7 SJ994911 1998  Map 
Nob End Green tickY   8.8 21.7 SD749063 1988  Map 
Red Moss Green tickY   47.2 116.6 SD635104 1995  Map 
Rochdale Canal Green tickY   25.6 63.1 SD937161SD891009 2000  Map 
South Pennine Moors[F] Green tickY Green tickY 20,938.1 51,739.0 SD920300 1994  Map 
Tonge River Section   Green tickY 0.7 1.8 SD726095 1987  Map 

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.[5]
C Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.
D The Dark Peak site extends into three other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.[4]
E The Gale Clough and Shooterslee Wood site extends into the county of Lancashire and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Lancashire.[4]
F The South Pennine Moors site extends into three other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". Natural England. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  2. ^ "SSSIs in Greater Manchester". Natural England. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  3. ^ "County search of SSSIs". Natural England. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2007-07-02. (PDF files).
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2007-07-02.