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Cleeve Common is designated a biological and geological site

This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Gloucestershire. Natural England, the designating body for SSSIs in England, uses the 1974-1996 county system, and this list follows the same approach. Some sites you may expect to find here could therefore be in the Avon list. It may also be that a site may on the borders of more than one county. It may also be on the country borders.

Natural England chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. As of 2012, there are 121 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which 69 have been designated due to their biological interest, 32 due to their geological interest, and 20 for both.

Gloucestershire has 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty being the Cotswolds, Malvern Hills, and the Wye Valley (the latter is also partly in Wales). These areas may include several SSSIs, or be named an SSSI as is the case for the Malvern Hills.

Gloucestershire has 2 designated Ramsar sites being the Severn Estuary and Walmore Common both SSSIs. These two sites are also designated as Special Protection Areas (SPA) under the EC Directive on the conservation of Wild Birds.

Gloucestershire has 7 recognised Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), several of which bring together more than one SSSI. These are: Cotswold Beechwoods; Dixton Wood; River Wye/ Afon Gwy; Rodborough Common; Severn Estuary; Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Bat Sites/ Safleoedd Ystlumod Dyffryn Gwy a Fforest y Ddena; Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy.

Highbury Wood SSSI and the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods SSSI are national nature reserves (NNR). Lady Park Wood (part of the wood is in Gloucestershire and part in Monmouthshire) is a national nature reserve.

A significant number of the SSSIs are recognised by the relevant local authorities as Key Wildlife Sites and Regionally Important Geological/Geomorphological Sites. There are c. 800 recognised Key Wildlife Sites in Gloucestershire.

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

Sites

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Site name Reason for designation Area Grid reference Year in which notified Map
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Alderton Hill Quarry YesY 0.3 0.8 1997 Map
Ashleworth Ham YesY 104.7 258.8 1974 Map
Astridge Wood YesY 5.7 14.0 1998 Map
Badgeworth YesY 3.1 7.6 1954 Map
Barnsley Warren YesY 61.3 151.0 1954 Map
Barton Bushes YesY 5.7 14.0 1996 Map
Bigsweir Woods YesY 48.2 119.0 1984 Map
Blaisdon Hall YesY 0.1 0.8 1995 Map
Bourton Down YesY 11.2 27.6 1974 Map
Box Farm Meadows YesY 8.3 21.0 1985 Map
Boxwell YesY 5.3 13.2 1954 Map
Brassey Reserve And Windrush Valley YesY 2.1 5.2 1954 Map
Brooks Head Grove YesY 11.9 29.4 1986 Map
Buckshraft Mine & Bradley Hill Railway Tunnel YesY 5.7 14.0 1998 Map
Bull Cross, The Frith And Juniper Hill YesY YesY 42.3 104.6 1954 Map
Bushley Muzzard, Brimpsfield YesY 1.1 2.8 1984 Map
Caerwood And Ashberry Goose House YesY 0.1 0.3 & 1991 Map
Campden Tunnel Gravel Pit YesY 0.2 0.5 1988 Map
Chaceley Meadow YesY 1.8 4.4 1954 Map
Clarke's Pool Meadow YesY 1.8 4.4 1954 Map
Cleeve Common YesY YesY 455.0 1,124.3 1974 Map
Coaley Wood Quarries YesY 4.9 12.0 1974 Map
Cockleford Marsh YesY 3.2 8.0 1991 Map
Collinpark Wood YesY 66.7 164.8 1966 Map
Coombe Hill YesY 15.4 38.1 1994 Map
Coombe Hill Canal YesY 20.2 49.8 1954 Map
Cotswold Commons And Beechwoods YesY 665.5 1,664.4 1954 Map
Cotswold Water Park YesY 135.0 330.0 1994 Map
Crickley Hill And Barrow Wake YesY YesY 56.8 140.3 1974 Map
Daneway Banks YesY 17.0 42.0 1954 Map
Dean Hall Coach House & Cellar YesY 0.1 0.1 1988 Map
Devil's Chapel Scowles YesY 44.8 110.9 1998 Map
Dingle Wood YesY 10.0 24.6 1972 Map
Dixton Wood YesY 13.0 32.5 2000 Map
Dymock Woods YesY 53.0 130.0 1990 Map
Easter Park Farm Quarry YesY 0.2 0.4 1986 Map
Edge Common YesY 20.5 50.6 1974 Map
Edgehills Quarry YesY 0.4 1.0 1974 Map
Elmlea Meadows YesY 6.9 17.1 1989 Map
Foss Cross Quarry YesY 0.7 1.7 1972 Map
Frampton Pools YesY 59.9 147.9 1974 Map
Garden Cliff YesY 5.1 12.6 1954 Map
Hampen Railway Cutting YesY 3.9 9.6 1974 Map
Haresfield Beacon YesY 0.7 1.8 1985 Map
Harford Railway Cutting YesY 1.2 3.0 1974 Map
Highbury Wood YesY 50.7 123.4 1983 Map
Hobb's Quarry, Longhope YesY YesY 1.0 2.5 1966 Map
Hornsleasow Quarry YesY 3.5 9.6 1974 Map
Hornsleasow Roughs YesY 28.2 69.8 1954 Map
Hucclecote Meadows YesY 5.7 14.2 1984 Map
Huntsman's Quarry YesY 1.6 4.0 1974 Map
Innsworth Meadow YesY 2.2 5.4 1979 Map
Jackdaw Quarry YesY 4.8 11.8 1985 Map
Juniper Hill, Edgeworth YesY 11.3 27.8 & 1974 Map
Kemble Railway Cuttings YesY 2.7 6.7 & & 1996 Map
Kempley Daffodil Meadow YesY 1.2 3.0 1986 Map
Kingscote And Horsley Woods YesY 43.8 108.2 1966 Map
Knap House Quarry, Birdlip YesY 1.8 4.4 1974 Map
Land Grove Quarry, Mitcheldean YesY 3.8 9.4 1974 Map
Lark Wood YesY 1.1 2.8 1974 Map
Leckhampton Hill And Charlton Kings Common YesY YesY 63.8 157.7 1954 Map
Lineover Wood YesY 20.3 50.2 1986 Map
Longhope Hill YesY 0.2 0.5 1989 Map
Lower Wye Gorge YesY YesY 65.0 160.0 & 1954 Map
Lydney Cliff YesY 8.0 19.7 1990 Map
May Hill YesY YesY 32.6 80.6 1954 Map
Meezy Hurst YesY 4.3 10.6 1986 Map
Minchinhampton Common YesY YesY 182.7 451.4 1972 Map
Nagshead YesY 120.1 316.6 1972 Map
New Park Quarry YesY 1.3 3.2 1987 Map
Nibley Knoll YesY 3.2 7.9 1974 Map
Notgrove Railway Cutting YesY 1.7 4.2 1974 Map
Oakenhill Railway Cutting YesY 0.8 2.0 1985 Map
Old Bow And Old Ham Mines YesY 40.3 99.6 1998 Map
Old River Severn, Upper Lode YesY 3.7 9.2 1985 Map
Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury YesY 27.0 66.8 1985 Map
Poor's Allotment YesY 28.6 70.6 1954 Map
Puckham Woods YesY 32.4 80.0 1954 Map
Puddlebrook Quarry YesY 0.7 1.9 1986 Map
Purton Passage YesY 4.9 12.1 1966 Map
Range Farm Fields YesY 12.8 31.6 1996 Map
River Wye YesY YesY England: 1,159.6
Wales: 245.2
Total: 1,404.8
England: 2,865.0
Wales: 606.0
Total: 3,471.0
1978 Map
Robin's Wood Hill Quarry YesY 1.7 4.1 1966 Map
Rodborough Common YesY YesY 116 287 1954 Map
Rough Bank, Miserden YesY 9.2 22.7 1986 Map
Salmonsbury Meadows YesY YesY 18.0 44.0 1985 Map
Scully Grove Quarry YesY 0.4 1.0 1974 Map
Selsley Common YesY YesY 39.4 97.4 1966 Map
Severn Estuary YesY YesY 15,950.0 39,410.0 1976 Map
Severn Ham, Tewkesbury YesY 70.8 175.0 1974 Map
Shorn Cliff And Caswell Woods YesY 69.2 171.0 & 1986 Map
Slade Brook YesY YesY 3.6 8.9 2003 Map
Soudley Ponds YesY 7.0 17.4 1984 Map
Speech House Oaks YesY 16.3 40.2 1972 Map
Stenders Quarry YesY YesY 2.8 6.9 1966 Map
Stinchcombe Hill YesY 28.6 70.7 1966 Map
Stony Furlong Railway Cutting YesY 2.7 6.7 1987 Map
Strawberry Banks YesY 5.1 12.5 1993 Map
Swanpool Wood And Furnace Grove YesY 13.6 33.6 1984 Map
Swift's Hill YesY YesY 9.2 22.6 1966 Map
Sylvan House Barn YesY <0.1 0.1 1995 Map
The Hudnalls YesY 94.4 233.3 & & 1972 Map
The Malvern Hills YesY YesY 732.3 1,899.6 1954 Map
Tudor Farm Bank YesY 3.7 9.1 1999 Map
Turvey's Piece YesY 1.0 2.5 1993 Map
Upham Meadow And Summer Leasow YesY 104.0 257.0 1991 Map
Upper Severn Estuary YesY YesY 1,436.8 3,550.4 1954 Map
Upper Wye Gorge YesY YesY 245.1 605.7 1969 Map
Veizey's Quarry YesY 1.4 3.5 1974 Map
Wainlode Cliff YesY 1.3 3.2 1954 Map
Walmore Common YesY 57.8 142.8 & 1955 Map
Wellacre Quarry YesY 12.3 30.4 1974 Map
Westbury Brook Ironstone Mine YesY 15.7 38.8 1998 Map
Whelford Meadow YesY 1.9 4.6 1985 Map
Wigpool Ironstone Mine YesY 34.9 95.0 1998 Map
Wildmoorway Meadows YesY 12.6 31.1 1989 Map
Winson Meadows YesY 7.9 19.6 1974 Map
Wood Green Quarry & Railway Cutting YesY 0.3 0.7 1966 Map
Woodchester Park YesY 214.9 531.0 1966 Map
Wotton Hill YesY YesY 26.1 64.0 1954 Map
Yarley Meadows YesY 12.2 30.2 1987 Map
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