Wavendon Heath Ponds

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Wavendon Heath Ponds
Site of Special Scientific Interest

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Very little water is visible as the ponds have almost all been filled in by the growth of vegetation
Area of Search Bedfordshire
Grid reference SP931339
Interest Biological
Area 4.7 hectares
Notification 1986
Location map Magic Map

Wavendon Heath Ponds is a 4.7 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Aspley Heath in Bedfordshire. It was notified in 1986 under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the local planning authority is Central Bedfordshire Council. [1] [2]

Site of Special Scientific Interest Conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Great Britain or an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man. SSSI/ASSIs are the basic building block of site-based nature conservation legislation and most other legal nature/geological conservation designations in the United Kingdom are based upon them, including national nature reserves, Ramsar sites, Special Protection Areas, and Special Areas of Conservation. The acronym "SSSI" is often pronounced "triple-S I".

Aspley Heath village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England

Aspley Heath is a village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England, elevated and small in population and area, mostly covered by New Wavendon Heath and a smaller mixed eponymous woodland. It was until some time after 1912 part of Aspley Guise.

Bedfordshire County of England

Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

The site is acidic mire. It has three ponds which have unusual plant communities, two unimproved meadows, some damp birch woodland and a small stream. [1]

Mire wetland terrain without forest cover, dominated by living, peat-forming plants

A mire is a wetland type, dominated by living, peat-forming plants. Mires arise because of incomplete decomposition of organic matter, due to waterlogging and subsequent anoxia. Like coral reefs, mires are unusual landforms in that they derive mostly from biological rather than physical processes, and can take on characteristic shapes and surface patterning.

The site is at the southern end of Aspley Woods (also known as New Wavendon Heath), and there is access from Church Road and by footpaths through the woods from Aspley Heath.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Wavendon Heath Ponds citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. "Map of Wavendon Heath Ponds". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 2 September 2015.

Coordinates: 51°59′43″N0°38′46″W / 51.995311°N 0.646146°W / 51.995311; -0.646146

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