Location rankings

Rank Title Description Species total
31 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.

1925
32 Ickworth Park

A 723 ha classic National Trust parkland estate in west Suffolk, with a Mansion in the centre. The habitats include 250 ha of woodland (some ancient, most secondary) and hundreds of mature and veteran trees in the grazed parkland. There are some wetland habitats along the central stream, with its 2 lakes. The 366 ha of grasslands have mostly been agriculturally improved, but some are unimproved, there is some arable land, although most of the parkland is in long term restoration to grassland with trees.

1911
33 RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

A large reserve on the south-east shore of Loch Lomond with a huge variety of habitats, including dry ancient woodland, carr, conifer plantation, wet meadows, ditches, rivers and streams, ponds, bog, fen, dry grassland, rocky shore, sandy shore, and the magnificent loch itself.

1869
34 Sutton Courtenay (1km square)

A 1km square in the middle of the Oxfordshire village of Sutton Courtenay, covering the river Thames and some scrubby bits of waste ground, a 'millenium common' (rank scrubby grassland), and some gardens. Recorded in by Richard Comont for the 2013 and 2014 1000 species in a 1km square challenges

1843
35 AJM's garden, Shotesham (Norfolk)

Fairly regular moth-trapping since 2006 plus other bits and pieces recorded sporadically. Includes birds/mammals seen from the garden too. Garden is a subset of the TM2499 site in these rankings. 

Last updated 9th May 2022

1819
36 Malling Down Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve

Superb chalk-grassland and scrub with many typical and rare flowers and invertebrates, all within walking distance of Lewes town centre. 1/8th of all the species of beetle in the UK have been recorded at Malling Down!

 

1679
37 Filsham Reedbed Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve

A reedbed with ditches and pools set in a river valley floodplain between Bexhill and Hastings.

1638
38 Whiteknights Park

The main campus of the University of Reading. Records from staff and students both past and present, as well as visiting recorders. For more information and complete species lists, see our biodiversity blog.

1562
39 Marline Valley Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve

Close to the town of Hastings lies a deep wooded valley, or ghyll. At the bottom of this valley runs a stream, babbling over sandstone. Many mosses, liverworts and ferns are the reason for the site's designation as a SSSI but the neutral meadows abover the ghyll are also fantastically rich for wildlife.

1446
40 Rothamsted Trap 664, Wheldrake, nr York

Running since May 2010, this light trap is part of the long-running Rothamsted Insect Survey and contributes data essential to the long-term monitoring of moth populations. 0.000025ha.

1439

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