South Oxfordshire Parishes
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.
Site Code: 68W02/1
Bear, Oveys and Great Bottom Woods SSSI
Bear, Oveys and Great Bottom Woods is a large area of ancient beech woodland which means the site has been continuously wooded since at least 1600AD. Beech woodland is a national nature conservation priority. Some of the particular types of beech woodland found here, which includes oak, ash, birch, wych elm, field maple and cherry, are uncommon in the UK.
On the ground there is abundance of bluebells and dog’s mercury. Other wildflowers present here include broad-leaved helleborine, yellow archangel and woodruff.