Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells

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Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Teesdale
Location NZ005300
 - coordinates 54°39′56″N 1°59′35″W / 54.66556°N 1.99306°W / 54.66556; -1.99306Coordinates: 54°39′56″N 1°59′35″W / 54.66556°N 1.99306°W / 54.66556; -1.99306
Area 7,949.19 ha (19,643 acres)
Notification 1996
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of west County Durham, England. It covers a broad expanse of moorland to the north and east of Middleton-in-Teesdale.

The site has a diverse mix of habitats, mainly dry heath, with wet heath and blanket-mire in areas that are poorly drained.[1]

The SSSI, which is situated within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, shares a common boundary with the Upper Teesdale SSSI to the west, and adjoins Hamsterley Forest on three sides.

The area supports breeding populations of a number of species of birds that are listed in the United Kingdom's Red Data Book (Birds), including three—merlin, Eurasian golden plover and short-eared owl—that are listed in Annex 1 of the European Commission's Birds Directive as requiring special protection. The flora of the area includes a number of species that are scarce locally or nationally.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Condition of SSSI units". Natural England. 1 Jul 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bollihope, Pikestone, Eggleston and Woodland Fells" (PDF). English Nature. 1996. Retrieved 18 July 2010.