Shenington with Alkerton
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Rolling Village Pastures
Site Code: 34L06
This site consists of parts of the slopes the ridge that lies at the edge of Oxfordshire. The site is important for the presence of flower rich grassland along with scrub, woodland and a stream with wet marshy areas at its edge.
The grassland varies from the more acidic type of neutral grassland, which is a feature of valleys in North Oxfordshire, to limestone grassland on the more lime rich soils. Wildflowers present here include harebell, pignut, cowslip and wild thyme. In the wet areas ragged robin and opposite-leaved golden saxifrage are found. These habitats are a national priority for nature conservation. The scrub includes gorse which is indicative of the acidic nature of the soils on parts of the slopes.
Site Code: 34S02
This site is an area of plantation woodland. The wood is part of a larger site that lies mainly across the county border in Warwickshire. This site has small lakes and further areas of woodland which provide valuable habitat for birds.