There are four Sites of Special Interest in Wigan:
- Astley and Bedford Moss, Astley
- Abram Flashes
- Bryn Marsh and Ince Moss (part of Wigan Flashes)
- Highfield Moss, Lowton
Astley and Bedford Moss is also designated as part of the Manchester Mosses Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which is a European site protected by The Conservation (Natural Habitats & c) Regulations 1994.
There are also many sites of regional and local importance in Wigan, these are designated as Sites of Biological Importance by Greater Manchester Ecology Unit on behalf of the Council. Further information on these sites can be obtained from the council’s Ecologist.
Who is responsible for a SSSI?
Most SSSI’s are privately owned and permission is needed from Natural England to undertake any work that may damage the site.
How do I get a site designated as a SSSI?
SSSI's are designated by Natural England. Any site will need to be considered to be of sufficient value by them.