Slit Woods

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Slit Woods
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Wear Valley
Location NY906390
 - coordinates 54°44′47″N 2°8′48″W / 54.74639°N 2.14667°W / 54.74639; -2.14667Coordinates: 54°44′47″N 2°8′48″W / 54.74639°N 2.14667°W / 54.74639; -2.14667
Area 14.1 ha (34.8 acres)
Notification 1976
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Slit Woods SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Slit Woods SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Slit Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Wear Valley district of County Durham, England. It occupies the valley of Middlehope Burn, a tributary of the River Wear, which it joins at Westgate, just south of the site.

The site has a variety of habitats, including woodland, calcareous grassland, fen, and revegetated mine workings.

The woodland is characterised by ash, Fraxinus excelsior, and wych elm, Ulmus glabra, over an understorey of hazel, Corylus avellana. The ground cover includes great bell-flower, Campanula latifolia, globeflower, Trollius europaeus, wood cranesbill, Geranium sylvaticum, and marsh hawk's-beard, Crepis paludosa.

The site takes in the disused workings of two former lead mines, Slit Mine and Middlehope Mine. The waste from these mines supports open grassland within which the metallophyte spring sandwort, Minuartia verna, has established itself.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slit Woods" (PDF). English Nature. 1987. Retrieved 1 August 2010.