Down Farm SSSI

Closed 7 Jun 2019

Opened 7 Feb 2019

Feedback updated 26 Jun 2019

We asked

Natural England consulted with owner, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of Down Farm Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 7 February 2019.

You said

No objections have been received relating to the notification of this land under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Four representations of support were received from Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorset Wildlife Trust and West Dorset District Council.

We did

Natural England confirmed the notification of Down Farm SSSI on 26 June 2019 without modification.

Results updated 26 Jun 2019

Down Farm SSSI notification was confirmed on 26 June 2019 without modification. The legal papers (citation, statement of views about management, list of operations requiring Natural England’s consent and the boundary map), remain unaltered and are available below:



Down Farm is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is notified 7 February 2019 for its nationally important species-rich lowland meadow grassland and assemblage of grassland fungi and is an outstanding example of traditionally managed hay meadows. Down Farm is located west Dorset near the market town of Beaminster and covers an area of 8.09 ha. You can submit your views via an online survey, by email or post. Before you submit your views, we recommend you read more about the notification. The notification documents can be found in the related documents section.

Why your views matter

Natural England is seeking your views on the consultation of Down Farm SSSI notification.

What happens next

We are now assessing the response to the consultation and will be making a recommendation to the Board of Natural England in due course. Natural England has to make a decision to either confirm or withdraw this notification by 6 November 2019 or the notification will cease to exist. We will widely promote Natural England's decision.


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