List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Bedfordshire

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Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England.[1] It is bounded by Hertfordshire to the south-east, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the north, and Buckinghamshire to the west.[2] It has an area of 1,235 square kilometres (477 sq mi), and population estimated in 2015 at 630,000, with an increase of 10% over the previous ten years.[3] The county town is Bedford, and the name is first recorded in the treaty in about 879 between King Alfred the Great and Guthrum, which divided English and Danish territory by a line which went through Bedford.[4]

Southern Bedfordshire is part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. North and mid Bedfordshire are undulating claylands with broad river valleys of the River Great Ouse and its tributaries, and the Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge. Jurassic and Cretaceous clays are overlaid by Quaternary glacial deposits of chalky boulder clay.[5]

There are forty Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Bedfordshire, designated by Natural England. Thirty-five are listed for their biological interest, and five for their geological interest.[6] Three of the sites are also National nature reserves, twelve are in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and eleven are managed wholly or partly by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. In 2009 Bedfordshire was divided into three unitary local authorities: thirty-two sites are in Central Bedfordshire, eight in Bedford and none in Luton.

For other counties, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

Key

Interest

  • B = a site of biological interest
  • G = a site of geological interest

Other classifications

Sites

Site name Photograph B G Area[lower-alpha 1] Public access Location[lower-alpha 1] Other classifications Map[lower-alpha 1] Citation[lower-alpha 1]
Barton Hills Barton Hills Green tickY 47.9 hectares (118 acres) YES Barton-le-Clay
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NNR[7] NCR[8] CAONB[8]  Map  Citation
Biddenham Pit Biddenham Pit Green tickY 0.4 hectares (0.99 acres) YES Biddenham
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GCR[9]  Map  Citation
Blow's Down Blow's Down Green tickY 33.4 hectares (83 acres) YES Dunstable
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WTBCN[10] CAONB[11]  Map  Citation
Cooper's Hill Cooper's Hill Green tickY 17.8 hectares (44 acres) YES Ampthill
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LNR[12] WTBCN[13]  Map  Citation
Deacon Hill SSSI Deacon Hill Green tickY 35.4 hectares (87 acres) YES Pegsdon
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WTBCN[14][15] CAONB[16]  Map  Citation
Double Arches Pit Double Arches Pit Green tickY 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres) NO Heath and Reach
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GCR[17]  Map  Citation
Dropshort Marsh Dropshort Marsh Green tickY 2.7 hectares (6.7 acres) YES Toddington
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WTBCN[18]  Map  Citation
Dunstable and Whipsnade Downs Dunstable Downs Green tickY 73.3 hectares (181 acres) YES Dunstable
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NT[19] CAONB[19]  Map  Citation
Fancott Woods and Meadows Fancott Woods and Meadows Green tickY 13.2 hectares (33 acres) YES Toddington
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WTBCN[20]  Map  Citation
Felmersham Gravel Pits Felmersham Gravel Pits Green tickY 21.5 hectares (53 acres) YES Bedford
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WTBCN[21]  Map  Citation
Flitwick Moor Flitwick Moor Green tickY 58.9 hectares (146 acres) YES Flitwick
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WTBCN[22]  Map  Citation
Galley and Warden Hills Warden Hill Green tickY 47.5 hectares (117 acres) YES Warden Hills
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LNR[23] CAONB[23]  Map  Citation
Hanger Wood Hanger Wood Green tickY 24.0 hectares (59 acres) NO Stagsden
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 Map  Citation
Houghton Regis Marl Lakes Houghton Regis Marl Lakes Green tickY 21.0 hectares (52 acres) YES Houghton Regis
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WTBCN[24] CAONB[25]  Map  Citation
Kensworth Chalk Pit Kensworth Chalk Pit Green tickY 130.9 hectares (323 acres) NO Kensworth
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GCR[26] CAONB[27]  Map  Citation
Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths King's Wood, Heath and Reach Green tickY 211.3 hectares (522 acres) YES Leighton Buzzard
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NNR[7] NCR[28] WTBCN[29]  Map  Citation
Kings Wood and Glebe Meadows, Houghton Conquest Glebe Meadows Green tickY 36.1 hectares (89 acres) YES Houghton Conquest
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LNR[30]  Map  Citation
Knocking Hoe Knocking Hoe Green tickY 8.1 hectares (20 acres) YES Pegsdon
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NNR[7] NCR[31] CAONB[32]  Map  Citation
Marston Thrift Marston Thrift Green tickY 37.7 hectares (93 acres) YES Cranfield
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LNR[33]  Map  Citation
Maulden Church Meadow Maulden Church Meadow Green tickY 4.2 hectares (10 acres) YES Maulden
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LNR[34]  Map  Citation
Maulden Heath Maulden Heath Green tickY 7.6 hectares (19 acres) YES Maulden
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 Map  Citation
Maulden Wood and Pennyfather's Hill Maulden Wood Green tickY 148.4 hectares (367 acres) YES Maulden
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 Map  Citation
Nares Gladley Marsh Nares Gladley Marsh Green tickY 5.4 hectares (13 acres) NO Leighton Buzzard
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 Map  Citation
Nine Acres Pit Nine Acres Pit Green tickY 20.4 hectares (50 acres) NO Leighton Buzzard
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GCR[35]  Map  Citation
Odell Great Wood Odell Great Wood Green tickY 85.9 hectares (212 acres) YES Odell
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 Map  Citation
Potton Wood Potton Wood Green tickY 85.2 hectares (211 acres) YES Potton
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 Map  Citation
Pulloxhill Marsh Pulloxhill Marsh Green tickY 5.1 hectares (13 acres) NO Pulloxhill
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 Map  Citation
Sandy Warren Sandy Warren Green tickY 16.4 hectares (41 acres) YES Sandy
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RSPB[36]  Map  Citation
Smithcombe, Sharpenhoe and Sundon Hills Sharpenhoe Green tickY 87.5 hectares (216 acres) YES Sharpenhoe
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NT[37] CAONB[38] SM[37]  Map  Citation
Southill Lake and Woods Southill Lake Green tickY 25.6 hectares (63 acres) NO Southill
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RHPG[39]  Map  Citation
Stevington Marsh Stevington Marsh Green tickY 7.6 hectares (19 acres) YES Pavenham
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 Map  Citation
Sundon Chalk Quarry Sundon Chalk Quarry Green tickY 26.8 hectares (66 acres) YES Upper Sundon
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CAONB[40]  Map  Citation
Swineshead Wood Swineshead Wood Green tickY 21.9 hectares (54 acres) YES Swineshead
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WT[41]  Map  Citation
Tebworth Marsh Tebworth Marsh Green tickY 5.7 hectares (14 acres) YES Toddington
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 Map  Citation
Tilwick Meadow Tilwick Meadow Green tickY 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) YES Thurleigh
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 Map  Citation
Totternhoe Chalk Quarry Totternhoe Chalk Quarry Green tickY 13.5 hectares (33 acres) YES Totternhoe
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CAONB[42] WTBCN[43]  Map  Citation
Totternhoe Knolls Totternhoe Knolls Green tickY 13.4 hectares (33 acres) YES Totternhoe
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LNR[44] WTBCN[43] CAONB[42]  Map  Citation
Totternhoe Stone Pit Totternhoe Stone Pit Green tickY 2.2 hectares (5.4 acres) NO Totternhoe
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GCR[45] CAONB[42]  Map  Citation
Wavendon Heath Ponds Wavendon Heath Ponds Green tickY 4.7 hectares (12 acres) YES Aspley Heath
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 Map  Citation
Yelden Meadows Yelden Meadows Green tickY 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) NO Yelden
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 Map  Citation

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Maps and citations for each site are taken from the Natural England database. The area and location of the site is shown on the citation. The listing is as on 10 December 2015.

References

  1. "East of England". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Your Guide to the Counties of England". Counties in England. Retrieved 9 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Bedfordshire Police". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 9 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Page, William, ed. (1912). A History of the County of Bedford. 3. London: Victoria County History. p. 1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Claylands". National Character Area profile. Natural England. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Designated Sites View: SSSIs Bedfordshire". Natural England. Retrieved 29 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Bedfordshire's National Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Barton Hills citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Biddenham Pit citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Blow's Downs". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Blows Downs Nature Reserve". Wildlife Extra. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Coopers Hill - Bedfordshire SSSI". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Cooper's Hill". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Map of Deacon Hill". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Cycling in the Chilterns". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Double Arches Pit citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Dropshort Marsh". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate". National Trust. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Fancott Woods and Meadows". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Felmersham Gravel Pits". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 26 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Flitwick Moor (& Folly Wood)". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 26 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Galley and Warden Hills SSSI". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (January 2015). "A Nature Conservation Strategy for Central Bedfordshire" (PDF). Central Bedfordshire Council. pp. 27–28. Retrieved 23 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "Luton, Dunstable & Houghton Regis local transport plan 2006-2011" (PDF). Bedfordshire County Council. p. 18. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "Kensworth Chalk Pit". British Upper Cretaceous Stratigraphy (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "Kensworth Parish Green Infrastructure Plan" (PDF). Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity. Retrieved 10 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. "King's Wood and Rammamere Heath". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 27 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. "Kings Wood and Glebe Meadows, Houghton Conquest". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. "Knocking Hoe citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 8 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  32. "Knocking Hoe National Nature Reserve". Chilterns Conservation Board. Retrieved 8 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. "Marston Thrift". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  34. "Maulden Church Meadow". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  35. "Nine Acres Pit citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 28 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  36. "Sandy Warren citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 28 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Smithcombe, Sharpenhoe and Sundon Hills citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 28 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  38. "Sharpenhoe". National Trust. Retrieved 28 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  39. "Southill Park". Historic England. Retrieved 31 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  40. "Sundon & Streatley Chiltern Arc, Access & Green Space Vision Plan" (PDF). Central Bedfordshire Council. 2013. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 31 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  41. "Swineshead Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 1 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 "Totternhoe Knolls". Chilterns Conservation Board. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  43. 43.0 43.1 "Totternhoe". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 9 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  44. "Totternhoe Knolls". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  45. "Totternhoe Stone Pit citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 6 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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