Derwent Ings

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Derwent Ings
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Cygnus bewickii 01.jpg
Adult Bewick's swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)
Derwent Ings is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Derwent Ings
Shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Area of Search Humberside, North Yorkshire
Grid reference SE 703347
Coordinates 53°54′40″N 0°55′50″W / 53.911236°N 0.930547°W / 53.911236; -0.930547Coordinates: 53°54′40″N 0°55′50″W / 53.911236°N 0.930547°W / 53.911236; -0.930547
Interest Biological
Area 1,636.91 acres (6.6243 km2; 2.55767 sq mi)
Notification 1975
Natural England website

Derwent Ings is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) divided between North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.[1] Derwent Ings is of international significance and has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention[2] and as a Special Protection Area under the terms of the European Community Directive. Part of the site is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust[3] and is managed in conjunction with English Nature. It lies adjacent to the River Derwent between Sutton upon Derwent and Menthorpe. The site, which was designated a SSSI in 1975, consists of a series of neutral alluvial flood meadows, fen and swamp communities and freshwater habitats. It is one of the most important examples of agriculturally unimproved species-rich alluvial flood meadow habitat remaining in the UK.

In winter the Ings support internationally important concentrations of waterfowl, in excess of 20,000 individuals, together with nationally important numbers of Bewick's swan, teal, wigeon, mallard, pochard, golden plover and ruff.

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  1. ^ "Derwent Ings" (PDF). Natural England. 1988. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ramsar sites database". Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nature Reserves :Wheldrake Ings". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 21 July 2009.