- List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Greater Manchester
This is a list of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest(SSSIs) in Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. [cite web | title=Notification of SSSIs | work=Natural England | url=http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/notification.cfm | accessdate=2007-07-02] As of 2006, there are 21 sites designated within this Area of Search, of which 14 have been designated due to their biological interest, 5 due to their geological interest, and 2 for both biological and geological interest. [cite web | title=SSSIs in Greater Manchester | work=Natural England | url=http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/searchresults.cfm?sssi_name=&frmcounty=1018 | accessdate=2007-07-02] Natural Englandtook over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Naturein October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agencyand the Rural Development Service. Natural England, like its predecessor, uses the 1974-1996 county system [cite web | title=County search of SSSIs | work=Natural England | url=http://www.english-nature.org.uk/Special/sssi/search.cfm | accessdate=2007-07-02] and as such the same approach is followed here, rather than splitting these sites between the Lancashire and Cheshire lists. The data in the table is taken from English Nature's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI."Natural England" citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2007-07-02. (
:note label|Area|A|AData rounded to one decimal place.:note label|Grid reference|B|BGrid reference is based on the
British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, and is the system used by the Ordnance Survey. [cite web | title=Guide to National Grid | work=Ordnance Survey | url=http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/help.html#gridref | accessdate=2007-07-02] :note label|Map|C|CLink to maps using the "Nature on the Map" service provided by "Natural England".:note label|Dark Peak|D|DThe Dark Peak site extends into three other counties and so can be found on lists of SSSIs in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.:note label|Gale Clough|E|EThe Gale Clough and Shooterslee Wood site extends into the county of Lancashireand so can be found on the list of SSSIs in Lancashire.
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