List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Suffolk

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View over a pond from a bird hide at Lackford Lakes

The following is a list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Suffolk, 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 January 2013 there were 141 SSSIs within Suffolk.[2] Sites include ones also designated as Ramsar Sites, ancient monuments, areas of Heritage Coast, National Nature Reserves and European special protection areas. Management is carried out locally, including by the National Trust, Ministry of Defence, RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust as well as by local landowners.

Sites range from the very small, with Waldringfield Pit being just 0.08 hectares (0.2 acre) in area, to two of the largest SSSI in England in the Breckland Farmland and Breckland Forest areas, both of which are larger than 10,000 hectares (24,711 acres) in area and cross the border into Norfolk.

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

The data in the table is taken from English Nature's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[3]

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified Map[C]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Abbey Wood, Flixton Green tickY 18.5 45.7 TM315859 1986  Map 
Alde-Ore Estuary Green tickY Green tickY 2,554.3 6,311.7 TM438491 1992  Map 
Aldeburgh Brick Pit Green tickY 0.8 2.1 TM452572 1990  Map 
Aldeburgh Hall Pit Green tickY 0.8 1.9 TM452566 1986  Map 
Arger Fen Green tickY 49.7 122.8 TL933356 1986  Map 
Bangrove Wood, Ixworth Green tickY 19.3 47.7 TL930721 1983  Map 
Barking Woods Green tickY 98.8 243.9 TM073517 1985  Map 
Barnby Broad and Marshes Green tickY 192.3 475.1 TM477907 1990  Map 
Barnham Heath Green tickY 78.6 194.2 TL882798 1985  Map 
Bawdsey Cliff Green tickY 16.6 41.1 TM346386 1987  Map 
Berner's Heath, Icklingham Green tickY 235.9 582.6 TL795764 1983  Map 
Bixley Heath Green tickY 5.1 12.5 TM199430 1990  Map 
Black Ditches, Cavenham Green tickY 1.1 2.8 TL774684 1984  Map 
Blaxhall Heath Green tickY 45.9 113.4 TM378568 1987  Map 
Blo' Norton and Thelnetham Fen[D] Green tickY 21.1 52.2 TM019788 1983  Map 
Bobbitshole, Belstead Green tickY 1.7 4.2 TM149414 1983  Map 
Bradfield Woods Green tickY 81.5 201.2 TL935575 1986  Map 
Breckland Farmland[D] Green tickY 13,392.6 33,079.7 TL743897 2000  Map 
Breckland Forest[D] Green tickY Green tickY 18,126.1 44,771.4 TL808710 2000  Map 
Brent Eleigh Woods Green tickY 31.7 78.2 TL935465 1986  Map 
Buckanay Farm Pit, Alderton Green tickY 0.4 0.9 TM356424 1984  Map 
Bugg's Hole Fen, Thelnetham Green tickY 3.9 9.6 TM006791 1984  Map 
Burgate Wood Green tickY 29.8 73.6 TM075757 1987  Map 
Cattawade Marshes[E] Green tickY 88.2 217.9 TM095330 1988  Map 
Cavendish Woods Green tickY 53.5 132.2 TL799489 1985  Map 
Cavenham - Icklingham Heaths Green tickY 419.0 1,035.0 TL749732 1998  Map 
Cherry Hill and The Gallops, Barton Mills Green tickY 10.4 25.6 TL728718 1985  Map 
Chillesford Church Pit Green tickY 1.1 2.7 TM382523 1986  Map 
Chippenhall Green Green tickY 16.3 40.2 TM286758 1986  Map 
Combs Wood Green tickY 15.0 37.1 TM054568 1982  Map 
Cornard Mere, Little Cornard Green tickY 8.5 21.1 TL887388 1986  Map 
Corton Cliffs Green tickY 5.5 13.7 TM546966 1987  Map 
Crag Farm Pit, Sudbourne Green tickY 4.8 11.9 TM428523 1985  Map 
Crag Pit, Aldeburgh Green tickY 0.3 0.6 TM458580 1987  Map 
Crag Pit, Sutton Green tickY Green tickY 0.7 1.8 TM317456 1985  Map 
Cransford Meadow Green tickY 4.7 11.5 TM322639 1985  Map 
Creeting St. Mary Pits Green tickY 5.4 13.3 TM096553 1987  Map 
Deadman's Grave, Icklingham Green tickY 127.3 314.5 TL776744 1983  Map 
Deben Estuary Green tickY 981.1 2,423.3 TM295434 1991  Map 
Dew's Ponds Green tickY 6.8 16.8 TM387718 2000  Map 
Edwardstone Woods Green tickY 27.0 66.7 TL928425 1986  Map 
Elmsett Park Wood Green tickY 8.6 21.3 TM065464 1984  Map 
Eriswell Low Warren Green tickY 7.4 18.3 TL739793 1986  Map 
Fakenham Wood and Sapiston Great Grove Green tickY 200.7 495.8 TL927777 1986  Map 
Ferry Cliff, Sutton Green tickY 2.8 7.0 TM279486 1987  Map 
Flixton Quarry Green tickY 0.2 0.4 TM290860 1991  Map 
Fox Fritillary Meadow, Framsden Green tickY 2.4 6.0 TM189606 1983  Map 
Foxhole Heath, Eriswell Green tickY 85.2 210.4 TL737781 1983  Map 
Freston and Cutler's Woods with Holbrook Park Green tickY 142.0 350.7 TM148385 1986  Map 
Frithy and Chadacre Woods Green tickY 28.7 70.8 TL868547 1987  Map 
Gedgrave Hall Pit Green tickY 0.6 1.5 TM405485 1985  Map 
Gipping Great Wood Green tickY 25.9 63.9 TM075624 1985  Map 
Glemsford Pits[F] Green tickY 33.2 82.1 TL841462 1988  Map 
Gosbeck Wood Green tickY 22.8 56.3 TM145555 1984  Map 
Great Blakenham Pit Green tickY 2.3 5.6 TM117498 1988  Map 
Gromford Meadow Green tickY 1.7 4.2 TM386587 1984  Map 
Groton Wood Green tickY 20.1 49.7 TL977431 1985  Map 
Gypsy Camp Meadows, Thrandeston Green tickY 2.4 6.0 TM114773 1987  Map 
Hascot Hill Pit Green tickY 0.3 0.8 TM061537 1987  Map 
Hay Wood, Whepstead Green tickY 10.4 25.6 TL809577 1985  Map 
High House Meadows, Monewden Green tickY 3.0 7.4 TM226581 1991  Map 
Hintlesham Woods Green tickY 118.1 291.8 TM068429 1986  Map 
Holton Pit Green tickY 1.5 3.8 TM405775 1988  Map 
Hopton Fen Green tickY 15.3 37.8 TL990799 1984  Map 
Horringer Court Caves Green tickY 3.8 9.5 TL836628 1983  Map 
How Hill Track Green tickY 2.1 5.3 TL754764 1986  Map 
Hoxne Brick Pit Green tickY 1.2 2.9 TM174766 1990  Map 
Iken Wood Green tickY 5.3 13.1 TM394565 1986  Map 
Ipswich Heaths Green tickY 39.4 97.4 TM237447 1988  Map 
Kentwell Woods Green tickY 77.6 191.7 TL869478 1987  Map 
Knettishall Heath Green tickY 91.7 226.4 TL953805 1984  Map 
Lackford Lakes Green tickY 105.9 261.4 TL807706 1997  Map 
Lakenheath Poors Fen Green tickY 5.2 12.8 TL701826 1985  Map 
Lakenheath Warren Green tickY 588.3 1,453.2 TL761805 1986  Map 
Landguard Common Green tickY 30.5 75.3 TM285319 1984  Map 
Laurel Farm Meadow St.James South Elmham Green tickY 1.7 4.1 TM323814 1995  Map 
Leiston-Aldeburgh Green tickY 534.8 1,320.9 TM461587 1999  Map 
Lineage Wood and Railway Track, Long Melford Green tickY 78.7 194.4 TL892487 1987  Map 
Lingwood Meadows, Earl Stonham Green tickY 2.7 6.7 TM116584 1993  Map 
Little Blakenham Pit Green tickY 3.4 8.4 TM108491 1993  Map 
Little Heath, Barnham Green tickY 46.3 114.2 TL851781 1984  Map 
London Road Industrial Estate, Brandon Green tickY 0.1 0.3 TL773855 1983  Map 
Lordswell Field Green tickY 3.3 8.1 TL725802 1983  Map 
Maidscross Hill Green tickY 44.8 110.6 TL728822 1986  Map 
Major Farm, Braiseworth Green tickY 1.1 2.8 TM120724 1986  Map 
Metfield Meadow Green tickY 1.3 3.2 TM303798 1987  Map 
Mickfield Meadow Green tickY 1.9 4.6 TM143632 1983  Map 
Middle Wood, Offton Green tickY 23.3 57.6 TM060499 1985  Map 
Milden Thicks Green tickY 42.3 104.5 TL954441 1986  Map 
Minsmere-Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Green tickY 2,327.0 5,747.7 TM486739 1993  Map 
Moat Farm Meadows, Otley Green tickY 3.3 8.2 TM221564 1987  Map 
Monewden Meadows Green tickY 3.7 9.1 TM227571 1983  Map 
Nacton Meadows Green tickY 4.5 11.0 TM231399 1992  Map 
Neutral Farm Pit, Butley Green tickY 1.1 2.6 TM371510 1985  Map 
Newbourn Springs Green tickY 15.7 38.8 TM270435 1986  Map 
Norton Wood Green tickY 24.8 61.2 TL971645 1986  Map 
Orwell Estuary Green tickY 1,335.5 3,298.8 TM234379 2003  Map 
Pakefield to Easton Bavents Green tickY Green tickY 735.3 1,816.3 TM523829 2005  Map 
Pakenham Meadows Green tickY 6.1 15.1 TL934686 1989  Map 
Pashford Poor's Fen, Lakenheath Green tickY 12.3 30.4 TL730836 1995  Map 
Potton Hall Fields, Westleton Green tickY 16.7 41.3 TM456705 1992  Map 
RAF Lakenheath Green tickY 111.0 274.2 TL746825 1997  Map 
Ramsholt Cliff Green tickY 2.1 5.2 TM297427 1987  Map 
Red House Farm Pit, Sudbourne Green tickY 0.6 1.6 TM435547 1985  Map 
Red Lodge Heath Green tickY 20.8 51.4 TL696700 2005  Map 
Redgrave and Lopham Fen[D] Green tickY 127.1 313.9 TM047795 1985  Map 
Rex Graham Reserve Green tickY 2.7 6.6 TM047795 1985  Map 
Richmond Farm Pit, Gedgrave Green tickY 0.6 1.5 TM412492 1985  Map 
Riverside House Meadow, Hasketon Green tickY 1.5 3.7 TM244503 1993  Map 
Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton Green tickY 5.3 13.1 TM304439 1986  Map 
Round Hill Pit, Aldeburgh Green tickY 0.5 1.2 TM444573 1987  Map 
Sandlings Forest Green tickY 2,483.8 6,134.9 TM376570 2000  Map 
Sandy Lane Pit, Barham Green tickY 11.1 27.3 TM135515 1993  Map 
Sinks Valley, Kesgrave Green tickY 24.4 60.1 TM225462 1996  Map 
Sizewell Marshes Green tickY 105.4 260.3 TM459637 1992  Map 
Snape Warren Green tickY 48.0 118.5 TM403576 1989  Map 
Sotterley Park Green tickY 123.2 304.2 TM460856 1985  Map 
Sprat's Water And Marshes, Carlton Colville Green tickY 57.1 141.1 TM507922 1986  Map 
Stallode Wash, Lakenheath Green tickY 34.1 84.1 TL675853 1983  Map 
Stanton Woods Green tickY 66.1 163.3 TL964712 1984  Map 
Staverton Park and The Thicks, Wantisden Green tickY 84.3 208.2 TM355507 1984  Map 
Stoke Tunnel Cutting, Ipswich Green tickY 2.2 5.4 TM161432 1990  Map 
Stour Estuary[F] Green tickY Green tickY 2,248.0 5,552.6 TM182331 2003  Map 
Sudbourne Park Pit Green tickY 1.1 2.8 TM407513 1985  Map 
Sutton and Hollesley Heaths Green tickY 483.3 1,193.7 TM341467 1987  Map 
The Gardens, Great Ashfield Green tickY 3.7 9.2 TL998680 1987  Map 
The Glen Chalk Caves, Bury St. Edmund's Green tickY 1.6 4.0 TL864646 1986  Map 
Thetford Heaths Green tickY 270.6 668.3 TL851801 1993  Map 
Thorpe Morieux Woods Green tickY 45.2 111.7 TL949552 1985  Map 
Titsal Wood, Shadingfield Green tickY 14.6 36.1 TM426837 1985  Map 
Trundley And Wadgell's Wood, Great Thurlow Green tickY 79.4 196.1 TL694498 1986  Map 
Tunstall Common Green tickY 36.6 90.4 TM377549 1984  Map 
Valley Farm Pit, Sudbourne Green tickY 0.4 1.1 TM435530 1986  Map 
Waldringfield Pit Green tickY 0.1 0.2 TM260448 1991  Map 
Wangford Warren and Carr Green tickY 54.06 133.6 TL757841 1985  Map 
Weather and Horn Heaths, Eriswell Green tickY 133.3 329.3 TL783772 1983  Map 
West Stow Heath Green tickY 44.3 109.4 TL792714 1983  Map 
Westhall Wood and Meadow Green tickY 43.1 106.4 TM029730 1989  Map 
Weston Fen Green tickY 49.9 123.2 TL980786 1986  Map 
Wilde Street Meadow Green tickY 11.6 28.6 TL710791 1983  Map 
Wortham Ling Green tickY 53.2 131.5 TM092794 1990  Map 

Notes[edit]

A Data rounded to one decimal place. Figures may differ slightly between sources.
B Grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, the system used by the Ordnance Survey.[4]
C Link to maps using the MAGIC Map service provided by DEFRA
D Partly in Norfolk
E Cattawade Marshes SSSI is almost entirely in Essex
F Partly in Essex

References[edit]

  1. ^ How are SSSIs designated, Natural England. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  2. ^ SSSI County Level Reports and Statistics, Natural England. Retrieved 2013-01-18. This includes a small section of Cattawade Marshes which is almost entirely within Essex.
  3. ^ English Nature citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved 2012-01-21. (PDF files).
  4. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2006-08-07.