Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Transport written question – answered on 16th September 2003.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the sites of special scientific interest in the ownership of his Department or its agencies.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is the owner of one site designated as being SSSI. This site is at Prawle Point in Devon.

The Highways Agency is the owner/part owner of 43 sites within the operational estate and two sites within the non-operational estate, designated as being SSSIs. The sites are as follows:

Operational estate:

Severn Estuary

Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain

River Kennet

River Lambourn

Aston Rowant

Devil's Dyke

Tebay Road Cuttings

Ashburton Road Cuttings


Slop Bog and Uddens Heath

Epping Forest

Purfleet Road, Aveley

River Wye

River Test

The New Forest

Hurcott and Podmore Pools

River Lugg

River Wye, Hereford and Worcester

Wilton Bluff, Ross

Ashwell Springs

Northaw Great Wood

Sherrards Park Wood

Therfield Heath

Castlethorpe Tufas

Humber Flats and Marshes: Upper Humber

Folkestone Warren

Ant Broads and Marshes

Potter and Scarning Fens

Southfield Farm Marsh

River Coquet and Coquet Valley Woodlands

Aston Rowant Cutting


River Severn at Montford

Doxey and Tillington Marshes

Orwell Estuary

Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons

Titsey Woods

Griff Hill Quarry

River Blythe

Stockton Railway Cutting and Quarry

Ufton Fields

Bingley South Bog

Hook Moor

Non-operational estate:

Plot 1—Bescott Viaduct, Walsall, West Midlands

Land adjoining M3 and River Itchen, Itchen Abbas, Hampshire

To the best of our knowledge these are the only SSSI on the DfT estate.

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