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  • Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Local Nature Reserve

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    Name of Location Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Local Nature Reserve
    Highlights Views
    • Ample parking on site
    • Charge for parking
    • Cafe on site
    • Toilets on site
    • Picnic area
    • Seats around the site
    • Well made paths
    • Suitable for wheelchairs
    OS Map Reference SZ130913
    Top Species
    Aspect Detail
    Manager Local Authorities
    Manager Open Access
    Habitat(s) Extent Comment
    CD: Coastal Dunes Partial There are sandy dunes to the east end of the reserve area
    CCS: Soft Cliffs and scree Significant The cliffs along the bay here are very sandy

    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

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