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.
Wooded Pasture Valleys and Slopes
Site Code: 77D02/1
This bank lies between two fairways within a golf course. Long established golf courses often have areas of important habitats in the areas outside the greens, tees and fairways. Here chalk grassland is found amongst scrub and woodland. Chalk grassland is a national priority for nature conservation.
Typically for chalk grassland there is a good variety of mainly small colourful wildflowers including sainfoin, horseshoe vetch, eyebright, hairy violet and salad burnet. There are also taller colourful wildflowers including oxeye daisy, knapweeds and field scabious.
Site Code: 77D02/2
It is located on a steep bank near Reading and supports chalk grassland habitat. Chalk grassland is mainly restricted to steeper banks such as this and is a national priority for nature conservation.
Much of the grassland is quite tall and the richer areas are found where the sward is short. Wildflowers found here include centaury, fairy flax and salad burnet. In the taller sward colourful wildflowers such as wild basil, knapweed, wild parsnip and field scabious are found.