Mere Beck Meadows

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Coordinates: 54°33′47″N 2°4′35″W / 54.56306°N 2.07639°W / 54.56306; -2.07639
Mere Beck Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Teesdale
Location NY951186
 - coordinates 54°33′47″N 2°4′35″W / 54.56306°N 2.07639°W / 54.56306; -2.07639
Area 6.6 ha (16.3 acres)
Notification 1989
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Mere Beck Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Mere Beck Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Mere Beck Meadows, formerly known as Willoughby Hall Meadows, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of County Durham, England. It consists of three hay meadows, situated on the south side of Hury Reservoir, immediately below the Blackton Reservoir dam.

The site is important as preserving a rich assemblage of plant species, in a habitat that is becoming increasingly scarcer as a result of intensive agricultural practices. A wide variety of flowering plants is found, many in abundance, such as wood cranesbill, Geranium sylvaticum, meadow saxifrage, Saxifraga granulata, melancholy thistle, Cirsium helenioides, and great burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mere Beck Meadows". English Nature. 1989. Retrieved 26 July 2010.