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GREAT NEWS: Dearne Valley Wetlands notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 13 May 2021.

Natural England has announced the designation of a group of sites within the Dearne Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA) as a new SSSI - Dearne Valley Wetlands.

It’s for the nationally important bird species found in these places including wetland birds such as Bittern, Lapwing and Redshank and Avocet, as well as the Willow Tit.

You have to look at the maps of the SSSI to see all the sites, including Carlton Marsh, Edderthorpe Flash, Houghton Washland, Wombwell Ings, Broomhill Flash, Park Hill Brickyards, Old Moor, Bolton Ings and Adwick washlands. Worsbrough reservoir willow carr is included as is Barrow Colliery. There are other pockets of habitat too, the total area amounting to over 650 ha.

Large parts of the SSSI are used for flood risk management by the Environment Agency. Other parts have been reclaimed from former pit-stacks and railway tracks.

The SSSI designation ensures that the national importance of this place for nature and people can be fully taken into account in future decisions regarding its use and management. There's now a four-month period for stakeholders to comment.

Well done everyone: Natural England and Dearne Valley Green Heart NIA partners, including the RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Garganey Trust, Environment Agency, and local councils.

Press release:


For the official notification of the Dearne Valley Wetlands SSSI including maps showing the individual sites included:

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