List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Wiltshire

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Silbury Hill, one of the many SSSIs in Wiltshire designated for their grassland plant communities.

The following is a list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features.[1] As of 2006, there are 134 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which the vast majority, 108, have been designated due to their biological interest, with just 21 due to their geological interest (and 5 for both).[2]

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[3] and as such the same approach is followed here, rather than adopting the current local government or ceremonial county boundaries. The data in the table is taken from English Nature's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[4]

For other counties, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified Map[C]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Acres Farm Meadow Green tickY 4.2 10.4 SU024927 1989  Map 
River Avon System Green tickY 507.8 1,254.8 SU073583 1996  Map 
Baverstock Juniper Bank Green tickY 2.6 6.4 SU035336 1971  Map 
Bencroft Hill Meadows Green tickY 5.1 12.6 SU962732 1988  Map 
Bentley Wood Green tickY 665.0 1,643.0 SU250295 1985  Map 
Bincknoll Dip Woods Green tickY 5.7 14.0 SU111796 1971  Map 
Blackmoor Copse Green tickY 31.3 77.2 SU234292 1971  Map 
Botley Down Green tickY 12.7 31.4 SU292598 1989  Map 
Bowerchalke Downs Green tickY 128.6 317.7 SU004218 1971  Map 
Box Mine Green tickY 56.6 139.8 ST838690 1991  Map 
Bracknell Croft Green tickY 4.8 11.8 SU180330 1971  Map 
Bradley Woods Green tickY 48.7 120.3 ST789410 1986  Map 
Bratton Downs Green tickY Green tickY 395.8 978.0 ST925522 1971  Map 
Brickworth Down and Dean Hill Green tickY 118.6 293.9 SU246259 1951  Map 
Brimsdown Hill Green tickY 193.7 478.6 ST821391 1951  Map 
Britford Water Meadows Green tickY 18.2 45.0 SU166274 1975  Map 
Burcombe Down Green tickY 47.1 116.4 SU064295 1971  Map 
Burderop Wood Green tickY 48.5 119.8 SU165810 1971  Map 
Calstone and Cherhill Downs Green tickY 128.6 317.9 SU047692 1971  Map 
Camp Down Green tickY 7.3 18.2 SU120338 1965  Map 
Charnage Down Chalk Pit Green tickY 3.7 9.1 ST837329 1971  Map 
Chickengrove Bottom Green tickY 9.8 24.3 SU040216 1975  Map 
Chilmark Quarries Green tickY Green tickY 9.7 23.9 ST974312 1977  Map 
Chilton Foliat Meadows Green tickY 54.6 134.9 SU315703 1971  Map 
Clattinger Farm Green tickY 60.3 149.0 SU012933 1971  Map 
Clearbury Down Green tickY 31.3 77.3 SU152240 1971  Map 
Cley Hill Green tickY 26.6 65.7 ST838449 1975  Map 
Cloatley Manor Farm Meadows Green tickY 12.1 29.9 ST981910 1997  Map 
Clout's Wood Green tickY 11.8 29.1 SU137796 1951  Map 
Coate Water Green tickY 51.1 126.4 SU188820 1971  Map 
Cockey Down Green tickY 15.2 37.6 SU170317 1971  Map 
Colerne Park and Monk's Wood Green tickY 53.7 132.6 ST838725 1951  Map 
The Coombes, Hinton Parva Green tickY 15.9 39.2 SU228826 1989  Map 
Corsham Railway Cutting Green tickY 6.6 16.4 ST862695 1971  Map 
Cotswold Water Park Green tickY 135.0 337 SU100960 1994  Map 
Cranborne Chase Green tickY 451.4 1,115.4 ST970180 1975  Map 
Dank's Down and Truckle Hill Green tickY 13.1 32.4 ST834758 1990  Map 
Dead Maid Quarry Green tickY 0.4 1.1 ST803324 1951  Map 
Dinton Quarry Green tickY 0.3 0.7 SU006308 1990  Map 
Dinton Railway Cutting Green tickY 0.3 0.7 SU008309 1990  Map 
Distillery Farm Meadows Green tickY 18.7 46.2 SU032898 1988  Map 
East Harnham Meadows Green tickY 17.3 42.7 SU151289 1995  Map 
Ebsbury Down Green tickY 53.4 132.0 SU054352 1975  Map 
Emmett Hill Meadows Green tickY 5.1 12.6 SU009901 1987  Map 
Figsbury Ring Green tickY 11.2 27.7 SU188338 1975  Map 
Fonthill Grottoes Green tickY 0.7 1.7 ST935315 1994  Map 
Fyfield Down Green tickY Green tickY 325.3 803.8 SU136709 1951  Map 
Gallows Hill Green tickY 27.8 68.7 ST952244 1965  Map 
Goldborough Farm Meadows Green tickY 10.3 25.5 SU086800  Map 
Great Cheverell Hill Green tickY 33.2 82.1 ST966520 1971  Map 
Great Quarry, Swindon Green tickY 1.0 2.5 SU151836 1951  Map 
Great Yews Green tickY 29.3 72.3 SU120231 1951  Map 
Gripwood Quarry Green tickY 2.9 7.0 ST822603 1951  Map 
Gutch Common Green tickY 35.1 86.8 ST896259 1951  Map 
Ham Hill Green tickY 1.5 3.8 SU333617 1971  Map 
Hang Wood Green tickY 20.3 50.2 ST861319 1986  Map 
Harries Ground, Rodbourne Green tickY 6.9 17.0 ST930823 2003  Map 
Haydon Meadow Green tickY 6.4 15.8 SU120890 1999  Map 
Heath Hill Farm Green tickY 20.7 51.2 ST757336 1997  Map 
Homington and Coombe Bissett Downs Green tickY 25.0 61.8 SU104245 1971  Map 
Honeybrook Farm Green tickY 42.4 104.8 ST841730 1992  Map 
Inwood, Warleigh Green tickY 56.9 140.5 ST800633 1988  Map 
Jones's Mill Green tickY 11.6 28.7 SU168613 1975  Map 
Kellaways – West Tytherton, River Avon Green tickY 4.1 10.1 ST945750 1998  Map 
River Kennet Green tickY 112.7 278.5 SU203692 1995  Map 
Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain Green tickY 22.9 56.9 SU316705 1996  Map 
King's Play Hill Green tickY 29.5 72.9 SU006658 1971  Map 
Knapp and Barnett's Downs Green tickY 71.4 176.4 SU030266 1971  Map 
Knighton Downs and Wood Green tickY 203.7 503.5 SU048237 1971  Map 
Lady Down Quarry Green tickY 0.2 0.6 ST961307 1990  Map 
Landford Bog Green tickY 11.6 28.7 SU259185 1987  Map 
Landford Heath Green tickY 11.8 29.0 SU265178 1994  Map 
Langley Wood and Homan's Copse Green tickY 219.3 541.9 SU230206 1985  Map 
Little Grubbins Meadow Green tickY 3.0 7.3 ST831773 1975  Map 
Long Knoll Green tickY 34.2 84.5 ST794376 1971  Map 
Loosehanger Copse and Meadows Green tickY 56.3 139.0 SU215195 1992  Map 
Lower Coombe and Ferne Brook Meadows Green tickY 11.3 28.0 ST916236 2002  Map 
Lower Woodford Water Meadows Green tickY 23.9 58.9 SU124347 1971  Map 
Midford Valley Woods Green tickY 24.6 60.8 ST769611 1975  Map 
Morgan's Hill Green tickY 12.6 31.1 SU028672 1951  Map 
The New Forest Green tickY Green tickY 28,947.4 71,529.0 SU298081 1959  Map 
North Meadow, Cricklade Green tickY 24.6 109.7 SU094946 1971  Map 
Odstock Down Green tickY 12.1 29.9 SU139250 1975  Map 
Okus Quarry Green tickY 0.3 0.6 SU147836 1951  Map 
Old Town Railway Cutting, Swindon Green tickY 1.8 4.4 SU153832 1975  Map 
Out Woods Green tickY 14.3 35.4 ST833763 1975  Map 
Parsonage Down Green tickY 188.6 466.1 SU050412 1971  Map 
Pewsey Downs Green tickY 305.3 754.4 SU113636 1951  Map 
Picket and Clanger Wood Green tickY 66.4 164.1 ST975543 1989  Map 
Piggledene Green tickY Green tickY 4.7 11.6 SU141689 1965  Map 
Pike Corner Green tickY 15.2 37.6 SU036934 1986  Map 
Pincombe Down Green tickY 23.8 58.8 ST966217 1971  Map 
Porton Down Green tickY 1,561.8 3,859.4 SU240365 1977  Map 
Porton Meadows Green tickY 17.6 43.6 SU185362 1988  Map 
Prescombe Down Green tickY 76.2 188.3 ST985255 1951  Map 
Rack Hill Green tickY 10.6 26.1 ST842762 1975  Map 
Ravensroost Wood Green tickY 43.7 107.9 SU022882 1989  Map 
Restrop Farm and Brockhurst Wood Green tickY 56.5 139.6 SU073866 1992  Map 
Rotherley Downs Green tickY 120.1 296.6 ST946196 1989  Map 
Roundway Down and Covert Green tickY 86.0 212.5 SU000646 1971  Map 
Salisbury Plain Green tickY 19,689.9 48,655.7 SU070500 1975  Map 
Savernake Forest Green tickY 904.7 2,235.6 SU215665 1971  Map 
Scratchbury and Cotley Hills Green tickY 53.5 132.2 ST915437 1951  Map 
Seend Cleeve Quarry Green tickY 3.0 7.4 ST933609 1987  Map 
Seend Ironstone Quarry and Road Cutting Green tickY 1.2 2.9 ST937610 1965  Map 
Silbury Hill Green tickY 2.3 5.6 SU100685 1965  Map 
Spye Park Green tickY 90.3 223.1 ST952674 1951  Map 
Stanton St. Quintin Quarry and Motorway Cutting Green tickY 2.2 5.4 ST918796 1971  Map 
Starveall and Stony Down Green tickY 22.5 55.7 ST991400 1971  Map 
Steeple Ashton Green tickY 26.5 65.6 ST914558 1998  Map 
Steeple Langford Down Green tickY 21.8 53.7 SU036387 1971  Map 
Stert Brook Exposure Green tickY 0.4 1.0 SU017583 1989  Map 
Stockton Wood and Down Green tickY 61.5 151.8 ST958366 1951  Map 
Stoke Common Meadows Green tickY 10.2 25.1 SU064904 1994  Map 
Stratford Toney Down Green tickY 23.1 57.2 SU095246 1987  Map 
Sutton Lane Meadows Green tickY 3.4 8.5 ST946777 1988  Map 
Teffont Evias Quarry / Lane Cutting Green tickY 3.6 8.9 ST990310 1989  Map 
Throope Down Green tickY 34.4 97.4 SU084246 1971  Map 
River Till Green tickY 32.1 79.2 SU051452 2000  Map 
Tytherington Down Green tickY 5.9 14.6 ST912385 1975  Map 
Upper Chicksgrove Quarry Green tickY 5.6 13.8 ST962296 1971  Map 
Upper Waterhay Meadow Green tickY 2.8 6.8 SU068937 1971  Map 
Upton Cow Down Green tickY 16.4 40.5 ST875491 1989  Map 
West Harnham Chalk Pit Green tickY 2.8 6.9 SU128287 1971  Map 
West Yatton Down Green tickY 14.4 36.0 ST852760 1971  Map 
Westbury Ironstone Quarry Green tickY 0.6 1.4 ST853508 1965  Map 
Whiteparish Common Green tickY 64.5 159.4 SU255233 1965  Map 
Whitesheet Hill Green tickY 136.1 336.3 ST804346 1965  Map 
Win Green Down Green tickY 26.0 64.3 ST927209 1971  Map 
Winklebury Hill Green tickY 63.0 155.5 ST952216 1971  Map 
Winsley Mines Green tickY 1.5 3.7 ST795607 1989  Map 
Wootton Bassett Mud Spring Green tickY 0.8 2.0 SU078815 1997  Map 
Wylye and Church Dean Downs Green tickY 80.9 200.0 SU002361 1951  Map 
Yarnbury Castle Green tickY 9.1 22.5 SU037403 1951  Map 

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.[5]
C Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by English Nature.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". Natural England. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "SSSIs in Wiltshire". Natural England. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "County search of SSSIs". Natural England. Retrieved 3 March 2007. 
  4. ^ English Nature citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2007-03-03. (PDF files).
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 March 2007.