Vale of White Horse 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: 39I04
Grid Ref: SU333963
Buckland Warren SSSI
Buckland Warren SSSI is a cultivated strip on the edge of a golf course. It was once the edge of a field used for arable crops. It has a good population of the very rare broad-leaved cudweed. This is one of a number of arable wildflowers that are now rare due to changes in agricultural practices. It is a national priority for nature conservation.
The very rare rough mallow, which is known from only five locations in the UK, is also found here. This species is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Site Code: 39M06
This site is an extensive area of woodland. There are three areas of ancient woodland, which have been continuously wooded since 1600AD, and large areas of more recent conifer plantation. Some of the ancient woodland has also been converted to conifer plantation. The broadleaved ancient woodland, which includes areas of wet woodland, are a national nature conservation priority.
The broadleaved woodland has a canopy of ash with much hazel in the shrub layer. Alder, willows and aspen are found in the wet woodland areas. These have reed dominated areas on the ground and there are remnants of fen vegetation with records of marsh helleborine. Other wetland wildflowers include hemp agrimony and fen bedstraw. The conifer plantations have wide grassy tracks and in the sandy grassland wildflowers such as harebell and viper’s bugloss can be seen. A good variety of butterflies have been recorded here in the past including white admiral and purple hairstreak.