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: 51G01
Woodeaton Quarry SSSI
Woodeaton Quarry is one of a number of quarries where there are rock exposures that are important in the understanding of geological history. Here there is one of the most complete sections of rocks laid down in the Bathonian period which was 175 to 169 million years ago.
Site Code: 51K01
Woodeaton Wood SSSI
Woodeaton Wood is ancient woodland which means it has been continuously wooded for at least 400 years. It is a remnant of the Royal Forest of Shotover. It retains the typical composition of old woodland with mainly native trees and shrubs and a rich variety of woodland wildflowers on the ground. Such woodland is a national priority for nature conservation.
The canopy is dominated by oak and ash trees and there is much ash, field maple and hazel coppice* in the wood. Wildflowers found here include the uncommon meadow saffron, water avens, wild daffodil and herb Paris. Other wildflowers present include wood anemone, early purple orchid and ransoms (wild garlic).
*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