Forest of Dean Sites of Special Scientific Interest

There seems to be no easily findable and simple list of SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) in the Forest of Dean - so I created one! The main source is a PDF file on Forest of Dean District Council which is taken from data supplied by English Nature. Both sites are large and rather impenetrable!

However natural England have another site Nature on the Map which is worth investigating - though to my mind it's too "bells and whistles" and not enouh information.

The link in the Name column is to the site citation - English Nature's pdf describing the site. In due course I hope to do photographic pages on some of the sites: links will be in the Map Reference column.

NameParishMap referenceReason
Clarke's Pool MeadowAwreSO 668061Old grassland, neutral/acidic
Upper Severn EstuaryAwreSO 720060Estuarine saltmarsh
Woodgreen Quarry & Railway CuttingBlaisdonSO 694166Geology
Blaisdon HallBlaisdonSO 698170Bats
Malvern Hills (Chase End Hill)BromsberrowSO 766472
SO 758350
Dingle WoodColefordSO 562115Woodland, Flora
Puddlebrook QuarryDrybrookSO 646183Geology
Dymock WoodsDymockSO 684288Ancient acidic woodland. Flora. Wild daffodils.
SO 692290
SO 697283
Lower Wye GorgeEnglish BicknorSO 548983Woods, fish, otters
Brooks Head GroveEnglish BicknorSO 586145Woodland
Upper Wye GorgeEnglish BicknorSO 560155Woodland, Geology
Kempley Daffodil MeadowKempleySO 676301Unimproved neutral grassland, wild daffodil
Dean Hall Coach House & CellarLittledeanSO 672130Bats
Hobbs QuarryLonghopeSO 695194Geology
Longhope HillLonghopeSO 693185Geology
May HillLonghopeSO 695214Botany
Lydney CliffLydneySO 654020Geology
Land Grove QuarryMitcheldeanSO 672185Geology
Edgehills QuarryMitcheldeanSO 660167Geology
Scully GroveMitcheldeanSO 657186Geology
Stenders QuarryMitcheldeanSO 659183Geology
Westbury Brook Ironstone MinesMitcheldeanSO 661166Bats
Wigpool Ironstone MineMitcheldeanSO 654196Bats
Astridge WoodNewlandSO 547088Woodland
Highbury WoodNewlandSO 540086Woodland
Old Bow & Ham MinesNewlandSO 579088Bats
Swanpool & Furnace GroveNewlandSO 541107Woodland
Tudor Bank FarmNewlandSO 573081Calcareous grassland
Collinpark WoodPauntley/UpleadonSO 750278Calcifuge lime wood
Soudley PondsRuspidgeSO 662122Ponds, woodland, wetland, fungi
Buckshaft Mine & Bradley Hill TunnelRuspidgeSO 655120Bats
Bigsweir WoodsSt. Briavels/NewlandSO 546060Woodland
Sylvan House BarnSt. BriavelsSO 534023Bats
The HudnallsSt. BriavelsSO 533030Woodland
SO 540042
SO 545046
Caerwood and Ashberry HouseTidenhamST 5471 9655
ST 5464 9657
Poors AllotmentTidenhamSO 560990Unimproved acidic and calcareous grasslands
Pennsylvannia FieldsTidenhamSO 542929brackish wet meadow, dirches
Severn EstuaryTidenham, WoolastonSO 580960
Lydney, AylburtonSO 640000
Alvington & Awre
Shorn Cliff & Caswell WoodsTidenhamSO 540005
SO 540990
River WyeVariousSN 803872
ST 542900
Devil's Chapel ScowlesWest DeanSO 606045Bats
Meezy HurstWest Dean/RuspidgeSO 638089Geology
SO 647091
NagsheadWest DeanSO 608090Woodland on coal measure, acid, chalk, ponds
Oakenhill Railway CuttingWest DeanSO 630069Geology
Speech House OaksWest Dean/CinderfordSO 622123Oak woods
Garden CliffWestbury-on-SevernSO 718128Geology
Walmore CommonWestbury-on-SevernSO 740162Wet grassland, marsh, ditches, wildfowl
SO 745150
Slad BrookSt BriavelsSO 564055

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