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Sites of Special Scientific Interest PDF Print E-mail


Sites of Special Scientific Interest are of national importance and are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. They are protected because of their special interest of flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features. The SSSI system aims to protect a representative range of the best habitats found in the UK.

There are currently two SSSIs in Manchester.

Cotteril Clough (near the Airport) is an excellent example of Ancient woodland with an outstanding ground flora that is very species-rich, containing an assemblage of county rarities and uncommon plants.


Rochdale Canal contains the internationally important plant species floating water plantain. The canal is also an important habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.