Dogsthorpe Star Pit

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Dogsthorpe Star Pit
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Area of SearchCambridgeshire
Grid referenceTF 212 026 [1]
InterestBiological
Area36.4 hectares[1]
Notification1993[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Dogsthorpe Star Pit is a 36.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)) on the eastern outskirts of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.[1][2] It is also designated a Local Nature Reserve,[3][4] and it is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.[5]

This former brick pit has been designated an SSSI mainly for its invertebrates, especially its water beetles, with 64 species, including four on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Graptodytes bilineatus, Dryops similaris, Gyrinus distinctus and Myopites inulaedyssentericae. There are diverse habitats with grassland, scrub, reedbeds, sedge, bare clay and pools.[6]

There is access to the site by a footpath from Whitepost Road.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Dogsthorpe Star Pit". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Dogsthorpe Star Pit". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Dogsthorpe Star Pit". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Map of Dogsthorpe Star Pit". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Dogsthorpe Star Pit". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Dogsthorpe Star Pitcitation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016.

Coordinates: 52°36′29″N 0°12′43″W / 52.608°N 0.212°W / 52.608; -0.212