Location rankings

Rank Title Description Species total
11 Ebernoe Common & Butcherlands Sussex Wildlife Trust

An exceptionally rich ancient woodland with adjacent rewilding project that focuses on producing a rich sward as well as having open-ended goals. Ebernoe itself is designated for its rare bats, fungi, birds, deadwood invertebrates and lichens.

12 Sutton Fen

A floodplain fen in the River Ant valley, part of the Ant Broads and Marshes SSSI, billed in its SSSI designation as "one of the finest valley fens in Western Europe". The c.200Ha site includes areas of ancient alder carr, willow and birch scrub, small areas of Sphagnum bog as well as some 'upland' (up to 3m above sea level) meadows and woodlands. Benefiting from some historic recording by Robert Gurney at the start of the 20th century and latterly by the RSPB since the site was purchased in 2007, the species list is growing at pace.

13 Wimpole Hall Estate (Cambs) NT

A classic National Trust estate of 994 hectares with Hall, Garden, Listed Park with open grown old trees and lakes, and farmland and woodland beyond the Park. The inhand arable farmland and grazed meadows has been organic since 2008. In south-west Cambridgeshire, surrounded by intensive arable agriculture.

14 Ashridge Estate (NT)

A large estate (about 2000 ha) that straddles the Herts-Bucks border.  Ashridge has a very high nature conservation value, with some of the largest areas of semi-natural habitat in the Chilterns. Excellent chalk downland, chalk scrub, commonland with neutral grassland, small areas of acid grassland. One of the greatest areas of mixed and deciduous woodland of any NT lowland estate, with hundreds of veteran trees, mainly beech and oak but also field maple, ash, yew. Saproxylic fauna is exceptional, beetles especially (UK top 20).

15 Brownsea Island (NT & Dorset WT)

Brownsea Island lies within the Poole Harbour basin and covers approximately 203 hectares. 81 hectares of the Island on the northern side is managed as a nature reserve by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. It has a nice range of habitats from dry heath, acid grasland, to conifer and mixed woodlands with some mature trees. There are a number of ponds, two freshwater lakes, a small stream, and the important lagoon, one of the most significant nature conservation features in the whole of the region. There are soft cliffs, sandy and rocky intertidal habitats and a little saltmarsh.

16 Horsey, Norfolk TG4523

A 1 km square at Horsey in East Norfolk, about half a mile from the coast. Mainly arable but with some small woodlands, hedges and brackish broadland dykes. Mostly private with no access so all recording is done in about 5% of the area of the 1 km square. All records from Oct 2013 onwards.

17 Northwich Community Woodlands

A variety of habitats including broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, unimproved grassland, scrub, open water in the form of several ponds, wader lagoons and mere

18 Felbrigg Estate (NT)

Classic large (664 ha) National Trust Estate in North Norfolk. The Great Wood and part of the parkland is SSSI, with a number of veteran beech and oak trees. Most grasslands are improved, but there are interesting acid and wet grasslands near the Lake. The Lake and its associated margins has the main wetland interesting, along with the small streams and a scatter of ponds (including some restored 'ghost' ponds). Extensive arable farmland, some of which holds good arable plant life.

19 Tim Hodge's garden, Horsey, East Norfolk

Garden is a small subset (0.02 hectares) of the 1 km square TG4523. Part of a small hamlet surrounded by arables fields, hedgerows and small woodlands, close to the Broads and the coast.

20 Iping & Stedham Commons Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve

Iping & Stedham Commons offer some of the best that this scarce heathland habitat can offer. A great deal of early succesional management is carried out that greatly benefits invertebrates.



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