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Chanctonbury Hill
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Chanctonbury Ring
Area of Search West Sussex
Interest Biological
Area 82.7 hectares (204 acres)
Notification 1985
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Chanctonbury Hill is an 82.7-hectare (204-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Steyning in West Sussex. Part of it is Chanctonbury Ring, an early Iron Age hillfort which contains two Romano-Celtic temples and which is a Scheduled Monument.

This site on the steep slope of the South Downs is mainly woodland with some areas of chalk grassland. A dewpond has great crested newts, a species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. More than sixty species of breeding birds have been recorded, including meadow pipits, corn buntings and green woodpeckers.

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