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Rank Title Description Species total
21 Fineshade Wood, Northants

Fineshade Wood in the north of Northamptonshire is the largest surviving remnant of Rockingham Forest. Most of the wood is managed by Forestry England.  It includes ancient mixed broadleaf and areas of former conifer that are being allowed to regenerate. There are over 20 ponds, a stream, glades, swallow holes and a disused railway line. Please visit Friends of Fineshade website for more details - www.fineshade.org.uk.

22 Dalgety Bay, Fife

A town on the north coast of the river Forth with mostly housing, some farming, and a thin belt of coastal path with various small woodlands

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23 Hedgecourt SSSI

A tiny site of flooded woodland, reedbed and open water on the West Sussex-Surrey border, sometimes bearing resemblance to the everglades after heavy rain! 

24 Sapcote Parish, Leicestershire

Rural parish in Leicestershire. Details at naturespot.org.uk/parish/sapcote .

25 Cullaloe LNR, Fife

A Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve in Fife, VC85, which was formerly the reservoir for nearby Burntisland before being decommissioned in the 1980s.

The reserve comprises two ponds, the main one of which is an SSSI because it contains Mudwort, for which the water level is dropped in the autumn. Other water features include a stream flowing along one flank and some filter beds from the reservoir. There is some mixed woodland, a small stand of pines and extensive Willow/Birch scrub.

26 Woods Mill Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve

Woods Mill is the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre. The nature reserve provides a peaceful setting comprising coppice woodland, meadows, big hedgerows and a large reed-fringed pond.

27 Shortheath Common

Hampshire County Council owned SSSI / SAC.

28 St Nicholas Fields LNR

A small 10-acre site in the heart of York, designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2004. In the Middle Ages, this land was open fields, grazed by the cattle belonging to the monks from St. Nicholas Hospital. Since then it has been a brick works, the city rubbish dump and an unofficial wild site.

29 Burton & Chingford Ponds LNR

A microcosm of different habitats within one site - various woodland, carr, wet heath, bog, acid grassland and two large ponds. Jointly managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust and West Sussex County Council.

30 Beddington Farmlands


400 acre site in South London currently being developed into a major urban nature reserve. Mixed habitat of lakes, species rich grassland, woodland edge, old sewage farm and landfill




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