Castle Hill, Brighton

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Castle Hill
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Castle Hill National Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1728047.jpg
Area of SearchEast Sussex
Grid referenceTQ 372 064[1]
InterestBiological
Area114.6 hectares (283 acres)[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Castle Hill is a 114.6-hectare (283-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the eastern outskirts of Brighton in East Sussex.[1][2] It is a Special Area of Conservation[3] and Nature Conservation Review site.[4] The northern half is a National Nature Reserve[5]

This is chalk grassland, which ia a nationally uncommon habitat. It is rich in flowering plants and there are areas of scrub which are valuable for breeding birds. The diverse orthopteran insect species include the nationally rare wart-biter grasshopper.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Castle Hill". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Map of Castle Hill". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Designated Sites View: Castle Hill". Special Areas of Conservation. Natural England. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 116. ISBN 0521 21403 3.
  5. ^ "Designated Sites View: Castle Hill". National Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Castle Hill citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 11 January 2019.

Coordinates: 50°50′28″N 0°03′11″W / 50.841°N 0.053°W / 50.841; -0.053