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Poole Bay Cliffs

This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Poole Bay Cliffs
Primary Photo

The western cliffs present sections in the Bournemouth Freshwater Beds which provide an unparalleled opportunity for the sedimentologist to study the point-bar and channel-plug deposits of large meandering river systems. The beds are of early to mid-Eocene age and have yielded a diverse fossil flora. Eastwards they pass laterally into the very different shallow marine and offshore sediments of the Isle of Wight, and are therefore important in the palaeographic reconstruction of the Hampshire Basin.

Interest Biological, Geological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes Although the name implies Poole this SSSI is a collection of fragments of land along the cliffs of Bournemouth, Boscombe and Southbourne

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
Branksome Dene Chine Local Nature Reserve

The largest part of the Poole Bay Cliffs SSSI. Much of the invasive species have now been removed and the site is recovering.

Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Local Nature Reserve

Wild ground along the top of the cliffs from Boscombe to Southborne with lots of grasses and flowers although some of the more unusal species are garden escapes.


The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Sites Map Species List Some Photographs Guidance Notes