Nene Washes

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Nene Washes
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Distant swans, Guyhirn Wash - The Nene Washes - geograph.org.uk - 1737307.jpg
Area of Search Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL 307 999 [1]
Interest Biological
Area 1,522.1 hectares[1]
Notification 1983[1]
Location map Magic Map

Nene Washes is a 1,522.1 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the bank of the River Nene east of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.[1][2] It is also a Ramsar internationally important wetland site,[3] a Special Area of Conservation,[4] a Special Protection Area[5] and a Nature Conservation Review site.[6] An area of 280 hectares is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.[7][8]

This is described by Natural England as one of Britain's few remaining areas of washland which are vital for the survival of wildfowl and waders. Wintering wildfowls include wigeons, teals, pintails and Bewick's swans. The rich flora in ditches include uncommon species such as frogbit, water violet and flowering rush.[6]

There is access to the RSPB reserve immediately east of the B1040 road from Nene Way. The western end is private land with no public access.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Nene Washes". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of Nene Washes". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Nene Washes" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nene Washes". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "SPA description: Nene Washes". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Nene Washes citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nene Washes". Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "RSPB and Nene Washes". Peterborough Bird Club. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

Coordinates: 52°35′N 0°04′W / 52.58°N 0.07°W / 52.58; -0.07