West Newlandside Meadows

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West Newlandside Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Wear Valley
Location NY972374
 - coordinates 54°43′55″N 2°2′39″W / 54.73194°N 2.04417°W / 54.73194; -2.04417Coordinates: 54°43′55″N 2°2′39″W / 54.73194°N 2.04417°W / 54.73194; -2.04417
Area 12.5 ha (30.9 acres)
Notification 1990
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the West Newlandside Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Location of West Newlandside Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

West Newlandside Meadows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Wear Valley district of County Durham, England. It lies 3 km south-west of the village of Stanhope.

The area is drained by two small burns, tributaries of the River Wear and consists of several fields that are managed as traditional northern hay meadows, a habitat that is threatened by intensive agricultural practices.

The meadows are rich in grassland species: the nationally rare northern hawk's beard, Crepis mollis, is plentiful, and the locally rare adder's tongue, Ophioglossum vulgatum, and frog orchid, Coeloglossum viride, are also present.

A different vegetation is found where there are banks that are too steep to be cut; here the calcareous soils support such species as fairy flax, Linum catharticum, harebell, Campanula rotundifolia, and mountain pansy, Viola lutea.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Newlandside Meadows" (PDF). English Nature. 1990. Retrieved 23 July 2010.