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List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Greater Manchester

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. 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 21 sites designated within this Area of Search, of which 14 have been designated due to their biological interest, 5 due to their geological interest, and 2 for both biological and geological interest.[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 splitting these sites between the Lancashire and Cheshire lists. 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.

SitesEdit

Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Grid reference[B] Year in which notified Map[C]
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Abram Flashes  Y   39.6 98.0 SD610003 1990 Map
Ashclough    Y 5.8 14.3 SD763063 & SD757063 1988 Map
Astley & Bedford Mosses  Y   92.2 227.8 SJ692975 1989 Map
Brookheys Covert  Y   2.4 5.8 SJ742904 1977 Map
Bryn Marsh & Ince Moss  Y   68.3 168.8 SD585025 & SD595025 1989 Map
Compstall Nature Reserve  Y   12.8 31.6 SJ976917 1977 Map
Cotteril Clough  Y   10.3 25.5 SJ805839 1951 Map
Dark Peak[D]  Y  Y 31,852.9 78,708.4 SK110960 1951 Map
Dunham Park  Y   78.0 192.7 SJ740870 1965 Map
Gale Clough And Shooterslee Wood[E]  Y   8.6 21.2 SD702141 1979 Map
Highfield Moss  Y   21.3 52.6 SJ614956 1986 Map
Hollinwood Branch Canal  Y   3.3 8.2 SJ910993SJ920004 1986 Map
Huddersfield Narrow Canal  Y   18.4 45.5 SJ936986SD981033 1988 Map
Ladcastle and Den Quarries    Y 2.5 6.2 SD995060 1984 Map
Lowside Brickworks    Y 1.4 3.5 SD941041 1989 Map
Ludworth Intake    Y 5.1 12.7 SJ994911 1998 Map
Nob End  Y   8.8 21.7 SD749063 1988 Map
Red Moss  Y   47.2 116.6 SD635104 1995 Map
Rochdale Canal  Y   25.6 63.1 SD937161SD891009 2000 Map
South Pennine Moors[F]  Y  Y 20,938.1 51,739.0 SD920300 1994 Map
Tonge River Section    Y 0.7 1.8 SD726095 1987 Map

NotesEdit

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 Natural England.
D The Dark Peak site extends into three other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.[4]
E The Gale Clough and Shooterslee Wood site extends into the county of Lancashire and so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Lancashire.[4]
F The South Pennine Moors site extends into three other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notification of SSSIs". Natural England. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2007-07-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "SSSIs in Greater Manchester". Natural England. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  3. ^ "County search of SSSIs". Natural England. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2007-07-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b c d Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2007-07-02. (PDF files).
  5. ^ "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2007-07-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)