Leighton Moss

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Leighton Moss

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    129 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    54°10'N 02°47'W
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Leighton Moss. 28/11/85; England; 129 ha; 54°10'N 002°48'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive; SSSI. Originally wet peatland, the area was drained and cultivated in the 19th century before being re-flooded in 1917. The base-rich water has produced a rich vegetation consisting of large areas of sedge and reedbeds, fen communities, wet Salix scrub, and woodland. A diverse invertebrate fauna includes nationally or regionally rare beetles, moths, hoverflies, caddisflies, and water fleas. The site supports nationally important populations of breeding and wintering waterbirds. Ramsar site no. 323. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

Administrative region: 

  • National legal designation: 
    • aonb
    • bird sanctuary
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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