Bedfordshire

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Bedfordshire
map showing the location of Bedfordshire
Geography
Status Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region East of England
Area
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 41st
1,235 km2 (477 sq mi)
Ranked 34th
1,192 km2 (460 sq mi)
Admin HQ Bedford
ISO 3166-2 GB-BDF
ONS code 09
NUTS 3 UKH22
Demography
Population
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked 36th
582,600
472 /km2 (1,220 /sq mi)
Ranked 32nd
397,700
Ethnicity 86.3% White
8.3% S.Asian
2.9% Afro-Carib.
Politics
Bedfordshire County Council
http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/
Executive Conservative
Members of Parliament
Districts
  1. Bedford
  2. Mid Bedfordshire
  3. South Bedfordshire
  4. Luton (Unitary)

Bedfordshire is a county of England. Its county town is Bedford. It borders Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire (with the Borough of Milton Keynes) and Hertfordshire. The highest elevation point is 243 m (797 ft) on Dunstable Downs in the Chilterns.[1] The county motto is "Constant Be", which is taken from the hymn To Be A Pilgrim by John Bunyan.

SSSIs[change | change source]

There are forty Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Bedfordshire, designated by Natural England. Thirty-five are listed for their biological interest, and five for their geological interest.[2]

Three of the sites are also National nature reserves, twelve are in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and eleven are managed wholly or partly by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

References[change | change source]

Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths is the largest Site of Special Scientific Interest in Bedfordshire