The following wildlife habitats fall within this parish. They are listed according to their associated landscape type or local character area.
If you want more information about any of the sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) listed below, take a look at English Nature's Nature on the Map website. It may also be possible to find out a bit more about the unnamed wildlife habitats in the parish by contacting the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (email@example.com) and quoting the site code next to the habitat description.
The majority of these wildlife habitats are on private land and access to them is not possible without permission of the landowner, unless there is a statutory right of way. However, many wildlife habitats in the county are open to the public. More information on these can be obtained from the Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum.
Site Code: 52M01
Area: 1.7 ha
Trow Pool consists of two shallow ponds surrounded by woodland, scrub, tall herb and grassland. The ponds are rich in plants that live in water, including mare’s tail and the unusual hornwort. There are wetland plants at the water edge including an uncommon sedge. Rich areas of open water habitat are a national priority for nature conservation. Alder and willow trees fringe the ponds.
Site Code: 52T01
This site is one of a group of ancient woodland sites in the Bucknell and Stoke Lyne area. Sites which have been continuously wooded since 1600AD are classified as ancient. It retains the composition of traditional old woodland with mainly native trees and shrubs and a ground with carpets of bluebells and dog’s mercury. Such woodland is a national priority for nature conservation.
Much of the woodland is hazel coppice* along with coppiced field maple and sycamore. There are areas with a canopy of ash and aspen trees. Other woodland wildflowers found here include early purple and common spotted orchid.
*Coppicing is a traditional form of management where small multi-stemmed trees and shrubs are cut down to the ground at regular intervals producing a harvest of small branches.