List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in West Sussex

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West Sussex, and its location within the United Kingdom

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in West Sussex, a county in South East England.

As of 2009, there are 78 sites designated within this Area of Search, of which have been designated for their biological interest, 19 for their geological interest, and 5 for both biological and geological interest.

In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which selects 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.

The data in this table is taken from Natural England's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[2]

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B][C] Year in which notified[D] Map[E]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Adur Estuary Green tickY 62.2 153.6 TQ208056 1987 Map
Amberley Mount to Sullington Hill Green tickY 181.2 447.7 TQ060127 1954 Map
Amberley Wild Brooks Green tickY 322.6 797.1 TQ033142 1954 Map
Ambersham Common Green tickY 140.2 346.3 SU910195 1954 Map
Arun Banks Green tickY 25.1 62.0 TQ029100 1954 Map
Arundel Park Green tickY 140.5 347.1 TQ015082 1954 Map
Beeding Hill to Newtimber Hill Green tickY Green tickY 272.9 674.2 TQ232112 1954 Map
Bognor Common Quarry Green tickY 26.0 64.2 TQ005213 1987 Map
Bognor Reef Green tickY Green tickY 64.4 159.1 SZ912982 1980 Map
Bracklesham Bay Green tickY Green tickY 201.9 499.0 SZ775975 1980 Map
Buchan Hill Ponds Green tickY 19.2 47.4 TQ245343 1954 Map
Burton Park Green tickY 43.2 106.7 SU977178 1954 Map
Chanctonbury Hill Green tickY 78.6 194.2 TQ143120 1954 Map
Chantry Mill Green tickY 8.6 21.3 TQ093138 1987 Map
Chapel Common Green tickY 100.9 249.3 SU820284 1998 Map
Chichester Harbour Green tickY Green tickY 3,695.0 9,130.3 SU760000 1970 Map
Chiddingfold Forest Green tickY 543.9 1,344.0 SU994310 1975 Map
Cissbury Ring Green tickY 81.9 202.4 TQ140080 1980 Map
Clayton to Offham Escarpment Green tickY 429.6 1,061.5 TQ350128 1953 Map
Climping Beach Green tickY 65.8 162.6 TQ020010 1989 Map
Coates Castle Green tickY 7.6 18.8 SU991175 1993 Map
Coneyhurst Cutting Green tickY 0.2 0.4 TQ101244 1992 Map
Coppedhall Hanger Green tickY 0.6 1.6 TQ078276 1991 Map
Cow Wood and Harry's Wood Green tickY 74.1 183.1 TQ270299 1966 Map
Duncton to Bignor Escarpment Green tickY 230.0 568.3 SU970133 1954 Map
Eartham Pit, Boxgrove Green tickY 9.8 24,3 SU923087 1997 Map
East Dean Park Wood Green tickY 18.2 45.0 SU900118 1988 Map
Ebernoe Common Green tickY 234.0 578.4 SU976271 2003 Map
Fairmile Bottom Green tickY 68.0 168.0 SU990094 1987 Map
Felpham Green tickY 1.9 4.7 SZ948993 1988 Map
Forest Mere Green tickY 14.0 34.6 SU820300 1980 Map
Freshfield Lane Green tickY 16.8 41.4 TQ384265 1999 Map
Fyning Moor Green tickY 12.7 31.3 SU814233 1965 Map
Halnaker Chalk Pit Green tickY 6.5 16.2 SU922090 1992 Map
Harting Downs Green tickY 351.1 867.3 SU797186 1954 Map
Heyshott Down Green tickY 42.2 104.2 SU895167 1954 Map
Horton Clay Pit Green tickY 0.4 0.9 TQ209124 1991 Map
House Copse Green tickY 12.4 30.6 TQ228358 Map
Hurston Warren Green tickY 66.4 164.1 TQ072171 1954 Map
Iping Common Green tickY 124.6 307.9 SU856219 1954 Map
Kingley Vale Green tickY 209.4 517.4 SU822107 1952 Map
Lavington Common Green tickY 30.7 75.8 SU950189 1965 Map
Levin Down Green tickY 27.7 68.4 SU886135 1987 Map
Marehill Quarry Green tickY 1.1 2.7 TQ064186 1987 Map
Mills Rocks Green tickY 2.3 5,5 TQ414371 1966 Map
Northpark Copse to Snapelands Copse Green tickY 94.2 232.6 SU885258
SU916251
1954 Map
Pads Wood Green tickY 21.7 53.6 SU790165 1980 Map
Pagham Harbour Green tickY 615.9 1,521.9 SZ875970 1954 Map
Parham Park Green tickY 263.4 650.9 TQ059148 1965 Map
Park Farm Cutting Green tickY 0.2 0.5 TQ039190 1954 Map
Perry Copse Outcrops Green tickY 0.2 0.5 SU892288 1992 Map
Philpot's and Hook Quarries Green tickY 2.4 5.9 TQ355318 1954 Map
Pulborough Brooks Green tickY 158.8 392.5 TQ052169 1998 Map
Rake Hanger Green tickY 29.2 72.2 SU795266 1988 Map
Rook Clift Green tickY 10.8 26.7 SU822183 1997 Map
Scaynes Hill Green tickY 0.0 0.1 TQ391228 1999 Map
Selsey, East Beach Green tickY 1.8 4.4 SZ861925 1988 Map
Shillinglee Lake Green tickY 17.0 42.0 SU968311 1954 Map
Singleton and Cocking Tunnels Green tickY 4.8 11.9 SU873155 1989 Map
Slinfold Stream and Quarry Green tickY 1.9 4.8 TQ125312
TQ127318
1990 Map
St. Leonard's Forest Green tickY 84.5 208.8 TQ230295 1954 Map
St. Leonard's Park Ponds Green tickY 4.0 9.9 TQ200308 1954 Map
Stone Hill Rocks Green tickY 0.6 1.6 TQ380347 1989 Map
Sullington Warren Green tickY 25.2 62.2 TQ097145 1954 Map
The Mens Green tickY 204.4 505.1 TQ025231 1963 Map
Treyford to Bepton Down Green tickY 122.3 302.2 SU840176 1954 Map
Turners Hill Green tickY 0.2 0.4 TQ339354 1999 Map
Upper Arun Green tickY 40.0 99.0 TQ050221 1988 Map
Wakehurst and Chiddingly Woods Green tickY Green tickY 164.0 405.2 TQ341320 1954 Map
Waltham Brooks Green tickY 48.6 120.1 TQ023155 1987 Map
Warnham Green tickY 28.4 70.0 TQ178353 1992 Map
West Dean Woods Green tickY 17.3 42.7 SU847156 1980 Map
West Harting Down Green tickY 13.9 34.3 SU763180 1980 Map
West Hoathly Green tickY 0.7 1.6 TQ374327 1998 Map
Wolstonbury Hill Green tickY 58.6 144.8 TQ282140 1954 Map
Woolbeding and Pound Commons Green tickY 171.3 423.3 SU874245 1998 Map
Woolmer Forest Green tickY 1,293.9 3,197.4 SU800322 1959 Map
Worth Forest Green tickY 44.3 109.5 TQ259331 1954 Map

See also[edit]

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.[3]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[3]
D Site notification consists of designating a site as an SSSI and consulting with the owner(s). This list uses the date notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
E Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.
F Clayton To Offham Escarpment site extends into the county of East Sussex and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in East Sussex.[2]
G Woolmer Forest site extends into the county of Hampshire and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Hampshire.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". English Nature. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 26 February 2008. (PDF files).
  3. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 21 February 2008.