Langdon Ridge SSSI

Closed 29 Oct 2018

Opened 29 Jun 2018

Feedback Updated 21 Mar 2019

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owner, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of Langdon Ridge Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 29 June 2018.

You Said

The Langdon Ridge SSSI notification was the subject of two unresolved objections and one further objection had been resolved subject to the Board approval of the recommended boundary modification. There were also 15 representations which expressed support for the SSSI notification

We Did

Following consideration of representations and objections at its meeting on 20 February 2019, the Board of Natural England approved the confirmation of the notification of the Landon Ridge SSSI with modifications to the description of the special interest and boundary map. Natural England confirmed the notification of Langdon Ridge SSSI on 21 March 2019.

Results Updated 21 Mar 2019

Landon Ridge SSSI was confirmed on 21 March 2019 with modifications to the boundary map and subsequently to the area figure of description of the special interest.

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Overview

Langdon Ridge is located in Essex and is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 29 June 2018 for diverse mosaic of semi-natural habitats, including unimproved grasslands, broad-leaved woodlands, mature scrub, and species-rich hedgerows. 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 We Are Consulting

Langdon Ridge is a landscape-scale mosaic of grasslands, woodlands and scrub situated on the southern and western urban fringe of Basildon, Essex. The site interests are the areas of unimproved neutral grasslands, fen meadows, woodlands, and areas of grassland supporting populations of invertebrates and flowering plants. Langdon Ridge provides opportunities to reconnect people with nature in a highly urban area. There is a substantial area of Country Park and local wildlife trust nature reserve within the site boundary and the area is valued locally for its importance to wildlife and as a green space for recreation. The site is important in providing habitat connectivity through stepping stone sites across the wider south Essex landscapes, particularly for invertebrates from the open habitat mosaics of Thames Terraces. Langdon Ridge SSSI covers an area of over 345ha and incorporates Basildon Meadows SSSI which was notified in 1985.

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 28 March 2019 or the notification will cease to exist. We will widely promote Natural England's decision.

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Government Agencies
  • Local Authorities
  • Walkers
  • Farmers
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Land Agents
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants

Interests

  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Land management
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Uplands
  • Protecting wildlife