List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset

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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[edit]

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 Green tickY 56.9 140.6 ST404305 1952  Map 
Aller Hill Green tickY 18.4 45.4 ST408291 1988  Map 
Asham Wood Green tickY 141.6 347.5 ST705460 1963  Map 
Axbridge Hill and Fry's Hill Green tickY 67.1 160.1 ST433555 1990  Map 
Babcary Meadows Green tickY 13.6 31.6 ST567293 1988  Map 
River Barle Green tickY 104.2 257.5 SS723423 1997  Map 
Barle Valley Green tickY 622.9 1,539.2 SS850349 1954  Map 
Barrington Hill Meadows Green tickY 16.1 39.5 ST300170 1987  Map 
Ben Knowle Green tickY 1.5 3.6 ST513450 1984  Map 
Berrow Dunes Green tickY 200.0 494.3 ST293520 1952  Map 
Black Down and Sampford Commons Green tickY 155.2 383.5 ST118161 1952  Map 
Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Green tickY 742.8 1,835.5 ST033435 1971  Map 
Brean Down Green tickY Green tickY 65.1 169.7 ST290590 1952  Map 
Bridgwater Bay Green tickY 3,574.1 8,831.6 ST290480 1989  Map 
Briggins Moor Green tickY 15.3 37.8 SS893250 1994  Map 
Brimble Pit and Cross Swallet Basins Green tickY 154.3 381.3 ST512505 1987  Map 
Bruton Railway Cutting Green tickY 1.7 4.3 ST688348 1971  Map 
Catcott Edington and Chilton Moors Green tickY 1,083.0 2,676.0 ST390420 1967  Map 
Chancellor's Farm Green tickY 34.2 84.6 ST525525 1984  Map 
Cheddar Complex Green tickY Green tickY 441.3 1,090.5 ST465538 1952  Map 
Cheddar Reservoir Green tickY 105.4 260.6 ST441537 1972  Map 
Cheddar Wood Green tickY 86.9 214.7 ST445552 1967  Map 
Cleeve Hill Green tickY 15.1 37.4 ST056428 1989  Map 
Cloford Quarry Green tickY 38.9 98.6 ST718444 1994  Map 
Cogley Wood Green tickY 60.7 150.1 ST703345 1987  Map 
Cook's Wood Quarry Green tickY 1.8 4.4 ST669479 1988  Map 
Crook Peak to Shute Shelve Hill Green tickY Green tickY 332.2 820.9 ST385555 1952  Map 
Curry and Hay Moors Green tickY 472.8 1,168.1 ST323273 1992  Map 
Deadman Green tickY 28.8 71.2 ST234156 1987  Map 
Doulting Railway Cutting Green tickY 2.8 6.9 ST645424 1971  Map 
Draycott Sleights Green tickY 62.0 153.0 ST483518 1987  Map 
Dunster Park and Heathlands Green tickY 466.6 1,153.0 SS955441 2000  Map 
East Polden Grasslands Green tickY 124.0 306.4 ST474325 1999  Map 
Ebbor Gorge Green tickY 41.0 156.8 ST525485 1952  Map 
Edford Woods and Meadows Green tickY 54.3 134.1 ST665485 1957  Map 
Emborough Quarries Green tickY 1.0 2.5 ST623505 1971  Map 
Exmoor Coastal Heaths Green tickY 1,758.3 4,344.7 SS620480 1994  Map 
Fivehead Arable Fields Green tickY 10.3 25.4 ST337224 1990  Map 
Fivehead Woods and Meadow Green tickY 62.4 154.2 ST331231 1989  Map 
Freshmoor Green tickY 11.2 27.7 ST280125 1989  Map 
Friar's Oven Green tickY 4.0 9.9 ST592431 1989  Map 
Ge-mare Farm Fields Green tickY 4.1 10.3 ST155424 1988  Map 
Glenthorne Green tickY 13.3 32.8 SS794499 1989  Map 
Godminster Lane Quarry and Railway Cutting Green tickY 0.8 1.9 ST682345 1971  Map 
Great Breach and Copley Woods Green tickY 64.8 160.0 ST500320 1972  Map 
Greylake Green tickY 9.3 22.9 ST384336 1987  Map 
Grove Farm Green tickY 36.5 90.2 ST513096 1989  Map 
Ham Hill Green tickY 11.1 27.6 ST482162 1971  Map 
Hardington Moor Green tickY 8.7 21.6 ST515130 1994  Map 
Hestercombe House [D] Green tickY <0.1 0.2 ST242287 2000  Map 
Hobbs Quarry Green tickY 0.5 0.1 ST622446 1984  Map 
Holme Moor & Clean Moor Green tickY 10.8 26.7 ST095260 1987  Map 
Holwell Quarries Green tickY 1.3 3.2 ST726450 1952  Map 
Hurcott Farm Green tickY 26.3 65.0 ST511295 1993  Map 
Hurcott Lane Cutting Green tickY 0.5 1.2 ST398163 1997  Map 
King's Sedgemoor Green tickY 822.0 2,031.2 ST400330 1985  Map 
Kingdown and Middledown Green tickY 5.7 14.1 ST480532 1991  Map 
Kingweston Meadows Green tickY 11.5 28.4 ST540304 1990  Map 
Lamb Leer Green tickY 14.6 36.0 ST544550 1983  Map 
Lang's Farm Green tickY 7.5 18.5 ST170241 1990  Map 
Langford Heathfield Green tickY 95.4 235.7 ST100235 1966  Map 
Langmead and Weston Level Green tickY 168.8 417.1 ST353330 1991  Map 
Langport Railway Cutting Green tickY 0.5 1.3 ST427272 1992  Map 
Laycock Railway Cutting Green tickY 1.3 3.1 ST678213 1993  Map 
Leighton Road Cutting Green tickY 0.6 1.4 ST702437 1984  Map 
Long Dole Wood and Meadows[H] Green tickY 9.8 24.3 ST610562 1997  Map 
Long Lye Green tickY 11.7 29.0 ST265122 1988  Map 
Long Lye Meadow Green tickY 3.3 8.2 ST267119 2002  Map 
Longleat Woods Green tickY 249.9 617.4 ST795435 1972  Map 
Low Ham Green tickY 5.0 12.5 ST440290 1988  Map 
Maes Down Green tickY 0.2 0.4 ST647406 1985  Map 
Maesbury Railway Cutting Green tickY 2.0 5.0 ST606475 1995  Map 
Miller's Hill, Milborne Wick Green tickY 0.6 1.4 ST663205 1985  Map 
Millwater Green tickY 1.4 3.5 ST439100 1989  Map 
Moon's Hill Quarry Green tickY 3.4 8.5 ST665460 1996  Map 
Moorlinch Green tickY 226.0 558.4 ST390360 1985  Map 
Nettlecombe Park Green tickY 90.4 223.4 ST055375 1990  Map 
North Brewham Meadows Green tickY 8.9 21.9 ST743379 1987  Map 
North Curry Meadow Green tickY 1.3 3.1 ST330253 1989  Map 
North Exmoor Green tickY 12,005.3 29,665.0 SS800430 1954  Map 
North Moor Green tickY 676.3 1,671.1 ST325305 1986  Map 
Old Ironstone Works, Mells Green tickY 0.3 0.6 ST738488 1987  Map 
The Perch Green tickY 72.1 178.2 ST480532 1990  Map 
Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh Green tickY Green tickY 186.3 460.4 SS880479 1990  Map 
Postlebury Wood Green tickY 87.0 215.0 ST740430 1987  Map 
Priddy Caves Green tickY 67.1 167.0 ST540505 1965  Map 
Priddy Pools Green tickY Green tickY 52.7 130.2 ST545510 1972  Map 
Prior's Park & Adcombe Wood Green tickY 103.6 256.0 ST225170 1952  Map 
Quantocks Green tickY 2,506.9 6,194.5 ST140390 1970  Map 
Quants Green tickY 50.6 126.0 ST185175 1988  Map 
Ringdown Green tickY 4.0 9.9 ST178155 1990  Map 
Rodney Stoke Green tickY Green tickY 69.6 172.0 ST492507 1957  Map 
Roebuck Meadows Green tickY 3.6 8.9 ST132354 1988  Map 
Ruttersleigh Green tickY 97.0 239.7 ST250165 1991  Map 
Sandpit Hole and Bishop's Lot Green tickY 0.7 1.8 ST531498 1987  Map 
Seavington St. Mary Green tickY 0.3 0.7 ST400144 1971  Map 
Severn Estuary [E] [F] Green tickY 15,950.0 39,410.0 ST480830 1976  Map 
Shapwick Heath Green tickY 394.0 973.6 ST430403 1967  Map 
Sharpham Moor Plot Green tickY 0.5 1.3 ST465389 1967  Map 
Shepton Montague Railway Cutting Green tickY 1.6 4.0 ST686316 1992  Map 
Snowdon Hill Quarry Green tickY 0.6 1.6 ST312089 1963  Map 
South Exmoor Green tickY 3,132.7 7,742.3 SS880340 1992  Map 
Southey and Gotleigh Moors Green tickY 81.3 200.1 ST192110 1988  Map 
Southlake Moor Green tickY 196.1 484.6 ST370300 1985  Map 
Sparkford Wood Green tickY 8.4 20.7 ST613275 1954  Map 
St. Dunstan's Well Catchment Green tickY Green tickY 39.8 98.3 ST668475 1967  Map 
Stowell Meadow Green tickY 2.8 6.9 ST333062 1987  Map 
Street Heath Green tickY 12.5 31.0 ST464394 1966  Map 
Tealham and Tadham Moors Green tickY 917.6 2,267.3 ST420450 1985  Map 
Thrupe Lane Swallet Green tickY 0.5 1.2 ST603458 1992  Map 
Thurlbear Wood and Quarrylands Green tickY 26.7 65.8 ST270210 1963  Map 
Twinhills Woods and Meadows Green tickY 21.2 52.4 ST558432 1990  Map 
Vallis Vale Green tickY Green tickY 23.9 59.1 ST755490 1952  Map 
Viaduct Quarry Green tickY 0.3 0.8 ST621443 1984  Map 
Walton and Ivythorn Hills Green tickY 34.9 86.1 ST475346 1953  Map 
West Moor Green tickY 213.0 526.3 ST420220 1985  Map 
West Sedgemoor Green tickY 1,016.0 2,510.0 ST361258 1983  Map 
Westhay Heath Green tickY 25.9 64.0 ST415422 1990  Map 
Westhay Moor Green tickY 513.7 1,269.3 ST455445 1971  Map 
Wet Moor Green tickY 491.0 1,214.0 ST448244 1985  Map 
Whitevine Meadows Green tickY 13.0 32.0 ST505085 1979  Map 
Windsor Hill Marsh Green tickY 0.8 2.0 ST619454 1972  Map 
Windsor Hill Quarry Green tickY 0.8 1.9 ST615451 1986  Map 
Wookey Hole Caves Green tickY Green tickY 39.4 97.4 ST535485 1952  Map 
Wookey Station [G] Green tickY <0.1 0.1 ST531464 1997  Map 
Woolhayes Farm Green tickY 13.2 32.5 ST315109 1992  Map 
Wurt Pit and Devil's Punchbowl Green tickY 0.2 0.5 ST543537 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 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[edit]

  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.
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2006-08-07.