This is a list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. As of 2009, There are 35 sites designated within this Area of Search, of which 18 have been designated due to their biological interest, 14 due to its geological interest, and 3 for both biological and geological interest. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. Natural England took over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Nature in October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service. Natural England, like its predecessor, uses the 1974–1996 county system and as such the same approach is followed here, rather than, for example, merging all Yorkshire sites into a single list. Natural England produces citation sheets for each SSSI and are the main source of information for this list.
South Yorkshire's geography can be split into different types. The very west of South Yorkshire is part of Dark Peak which is part of the Peak District National Park and lies to the west of Sheffield. This extensive moorland is one of the largest semi-natural areas in England and has broad plateaus with rocky outcrops interspersed with valleys. Moving east the land elevation drops with a transition from the peak district to coal fields. Much of this area of transition has seen urban development with Sheffield being a good example.
The central region, to the north of Sheffield is largely dependent on the presence of coal measures in the areas geology. This is reflected by ancient woodlands, valley wetlands and large arable fields where there is no urban development. To the east of the coal measures is a strip of Magnesian Limestone which runs north to south between Sheffield and Doncaster. This open landscape is characterised by ancient woodlands and limestone grasslands and often has historic limestone monuments. However the light and dry soils are ideal for cultivation which means little of the original habitat remains. In the very east of South Yorkshire the Humberhead Levels dominate, with the area being relatively flat and dominated by the areas river systems. The area is predominately covered with small fields or areas of peatland.
|Site name||Reason for designation||Area[A]||Grid reference[B]||Year in which notified||Map[C]|
|Biological interest||Geological interest||Hectares||Acres|
|Anston Stones Wood||33.7||88.3||1955||Map|
|Ashfield Brick Pits||0.6||1.4||1955||Map|
|Bilham Sand Pits||0.2||0.1||1987||Map|
|Carlton Main Brickworks||15.5||38.4||1989||Map|
|Eastern Peak District Moors||8,094.4||20,001.6||1955[E]||Map|
|Lindrick Golf Course||22.0||54.4||, ,||1987||Map|
|Little Don Stream Section||1.1||2.6||1977||Map|
|Maltby Low Common||6.0||14.8||1970||Map|
|Neepsend Railway Cutting||1.4||3.5||1988||Map|
|New Edlington Brickpit||0.2||0.4||1989||Map|
|Owston Hay Meadows||5.5||13.5||1979||Map|
|Pye Flatts Meadows||2.2||5.4||1990||Map|
|River Idle Washlands[F]||88.6||219.0||, , ,||1972||Map|
|Roche Abbey Woodlands||52.8||143.8||1979||Map|
|Spring Meadows, Alderman's Head & Cow Croft Meadows||16.8||41.6||2005||Map|
|Thorne Crowle and Goole Moors[G]||1,918.6||4,740.9||1970||Map|
|Wadsley Fossil Forest||0.3||0.7||1990||Map|
|Went Ings Meadows||6.4||15.8||,||1981||Map|
|Wood Lee Common||6.4||15.8||1958||Map|
Anston Stones Wood (grid reference SK531831) is a 33.7 hectare (88.3 acre) biological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1955. The site contains the second best example of limestone woodland in South Yorkshire. It is also a Local Nature Reserve.Ashfield Brick Pits
Ashfield Brick Pits (grid reference SK515981) is a 0.6 hectare (1.4 acre) geological site of Special Scientific Interest south of Conisbrough in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1955.Bilham Sand Pits
Bilham Sand Pits (grid reference SE487066) is a 0.2 hectare (0.1 acre) geological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1987.Bradgate Brickworks
Bradgate Brickworks (grid reference SK413935) is a 0.9 hectare (2.2 acre) geological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1988. In November 2001 a report by Rotherham Borough Council noted concern that overgrown vegetation at the site presented a risk to the geological features of the quarry face and proposed the acquisition and management of the site by the Council.Canyards Hills
Canyards Hills (grid reference SK250950) is a 64.1 hectare (158.4 acre) biological and geological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1990. This site possesses the most impressive examples in England and Wales of 'ridge-and-trough' or 'tumbled ground.' Beneath a 10 m high cliff, the north-facing valley side above Broomhead Reservoir is a chaotic mass of sub-parallel ridges, separated by intervening narrow areas of marshy ground. The site is formed in Upper Carboniferous Millstone Grit and shows the most extreme form and best example of 'tumbled ground', with innumerable small Millstone Grit blocks (controlled by jointing) taking up a large landslip.Carlton Main Brickworks
Carlton Main Brickworks (grid reference SE412081) is a 15.5 hectare (38.4 acre) geological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1989.Hatfield Moors
Hatfield Moors (grid reference SK250950) is a 1400.7 hectare (3461.1 acre) biological site of Special Scientific Interest in South Yorkshire. The site was notified in 1954. The site is managed by Natural England.
In The Gentleman's Magazine 31 August 1727, George Stovin made reference to Hatfield Moor: "Here is great plenty of furze buſhes, and variety of game, ſuch as hares, foxes, kites, eagles, curlews, ducks and geeſe; there is no houſe or cottage near it, and but a few old oaks, fallows, and birch; the ſouse is a little ſtud-bound one, and ſeems ready to fall".Lindrick Golf Club
Lindrick Golf Club is a golf course in South Yorkshire and is also a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The SSSI covers 22 hectares (54 acres) and was designated for its biological interest. The site was notified in 1987.
The course is situated on the A57 running between Sheffield and Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and is approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Worksop. The course is affiliated to the Yorkshire Golf Union and, contrary to local folklore, the entire course and clubhouse is situated in Yorkshire.
Founded in 1891, the course was originally nine holes, but was extended to 18 holes in 1894. Prior to the enhancements programme started in 2015, the last major changes to the course layout occurred in 1932, to avoid two holes being played over the A57. The course design has been influenced by a variety of renown architects from 'old' Tom Morris, Alistair McKenzie to current award winning designer Ken Moodie.
Currently Holes 1–11 and Hole 18 are situated on the south side of the A57, with Holes 12–17 being on the north side. The course now has two tunnels providing safe crossing of the A57. The closing 18th hole features as one of the 500 Greatest Holes in the World and is also listed as one of Peter Alliss' favourite 18 holes of all time. The course plays host to a number of leading amateur tournaments, and is a venue for Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship, and is regularly featured in the various top 100 course ratings in the golfing media. Lindrick is also one of the courses (with Ganton and Moortown) who play host to the annual Yorkshire Challenge which is now one of the biggest tournaments for club golfers in the country
The 1957 Ryder Cup was played at Lindrick, resulting in the only post-war victory for Great Britain & Ireland, captained by Dai Rees and in 2016 featured on Sky TV as being the only club to ever have 3 current playing members to represent Europe in that years Ryder Cup team. The Curtis Cup was played on the course in 1960, and the Women's British Open has been held at the course on two occasions – in 1977 and 1988, and most recently the English Womens Amateur Championship in 2017.
Marian Rae, the former President of England Golf, is a member.
Full PGA tour players Danny Willett, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Mark Foster and Jonathan Thomson are members as well as a host of Yorkshire and England junior players. In recent years the club have invested heavily in creating custom designed practice areas, new changing facilities as well as a full facelift to the Ryder Cup casual bar area which displays memorabilia of the Ryder Cup and Lindrick's continued association with that tournament since 1957. In 2015 they started a programme to enhance the course with new championship tees, added fairway bunkering and the rejuvenation of all other bunkers on the course with a completion date for the new course of 2020. Expenditure on all the above projects is thought to be in excess of £2m.