List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Tyne and Wear

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A map of Tyne and Wear, and its location within the United Kingdom also shown

There are 37 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Tyne and Wear, England. In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses sites because of their flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features.[1] Natural England took over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Nature in October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service. Natural England, like its predecessor, uses the 1974–1996 county system with each area being called an Area of Search.[2]

Tyne and Wear is made up of five administrative local authorities consisting mainly of the two largest cities in the region: Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland, thus making it the sixth largest conurbation in the United Kingdom. Tyne and Wear shares its borders with Northumberland and County Durham, to the north and south respectively.[3]

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified References
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres Map[C] Citation
Big Waters Green tickY 27.2 67.2 NZ227734 1985  Map  [1]
Boldon Pastures Green tickY 3.5 8.6 NZ381616 1987  Map  [2]
Brenkley Meadows Green tickY 9.2 22.7 NZ217744 1988  Map  [3]
Claxheugh Rock And Ford Limestone Quarry Green tickY Green tickY 7.1 18.0 NZ363574 1987  Map  [4]
Cleadon Hill Green tickY 10.0 24.6 NZ389631 1984  Map  [5]
Dawson's Plantation Quarry Green tickY 0.7 1.7 NZ336547 1996  Map  [6]
Durham Coast Green tickY Green tickY 765.4 1,891.0 NZ381685NZ495362 1999  Map  [7]
Eppleton Grassland Green tickY 13.4 33.0  Map  [8]
Fulwell And Carley Hill Quarries Green tickY Green tickY 6.0 14.8 NZ382598 & NZ388595 1987  Map  [9]
Gibside Green tickY 89.0 219.9 NZ184590 1989  Map  [10]
Gilleylaw Quarry Green tickY 0.2 0.6 NZ375537 1986  Map  [11]
Gosforth Park Green tickY 37.3 92.1 NZ256702 1987  Map  [12]
Hallow Hill Green tickY 7.0 17.3 NZ157658 1986  Map  [13]
Harton Down Hill Green tickY 1.1 2.7 NZ390655 1984  Map  [14]
Hastings Hill Green tickY 1.3 3.1 NZ353544 1984  Map  [15]
Herrington Hill Green tickY 6.9 17.1 NZ367528 1983  Map  [16]
Hetton Bogs Green tickY 11.0 27.0 NZ345486 1984  Map  [17]
High Haining Hill Green tickY 2.9 7.2 NZ357507 1983  Map  [18]
High Moorsley Green tickY Green tickY 6.8 16.8 NZ333454 1985  Map  [19]
Humbledon Hill Quarry Green tickY 0.1 0.3 NZ382553 1985  Map  [20]
Hylton Castle Cutting Green tickY 1.1 2.8 NZ360588 1986  Map  [21]
Joe's Pond Green tickY 4.5 11.0 NZ328486 1984  Map  [22]
Lower Derwent Meadows Green tickY 4.2 10.3 NZ190613 1986  Map  [23]
Moorsley Banks Green tickY 5.5 13.7 NZ336459 1987  Map  [24]
Northumberland Shore Green tickY Green tickY 1,925.8 47,574.0 NT980575NU010525 & NU165363NZ365685 1992  Map  [25]
Pockerley Farm Pond Green tickY 1.4 3.4 NZ222555 1984  Map  [26]
Prestwick Carr Green tickY 51.4 127.0 NZ189742 1986  Map  [27]
Ridley Gill Green tickY 12.2 30.1 NZ217556 1985  Map  [28]
Ryton Willows Green tickY 6.9 17.0 NZ 152650, NZ155649, NZ158649 1985  Map  [29]
Shibdon Pond Green tickY 14.6 36.0 NZ195628 1985  Map  [30]
South Hylton Pasture Green tickY 2.8 6.9 NZ357568 1984  Map  [31]
Strother Hills Green tickY 8.1 20.0 NZ153579 1986  Map  [32]
Thornley Wood Green tickY 14.8 36.6 NZ177608 1990  Map  [33]
Tunstall Hills And Ryhope Cutting Green tickY Green tickY 15.8 39.0 NZ391546, NZ393540 & NZ399537 1988  Map  [34]
Tynemouth To Seaton Sluice Green tickY 97.9 241.9 NZ346755, NZ365716, NZ373694 1989  Map  [35]
Wear River Bank Green tickY 4.8 11.9 NZ360577 1989  Map  [36]
West Farm Meadow, Boldon Green tickY 2.8 6.9 NZ358622 1989  Map  [37]

Notes[edit]

A Data rounded to one decimal place.
B Grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, and is the system used by the Ordnance Survey.[4]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Glossary of SSSI terms". Natural England. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Tyne and Wear Profile: 2004". Tyne & Wear Research. 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-05.