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: 39R02/2
This wet hay meadow has largely escaped agricultural improvement through the use of herbicides and fertilizers or through ploughing and reseeding. Consequently there is a rich varied flora and the meadow provides good habitat for birds. This type of meadow is a national priority for nature conservation. The meadow has ridges and furrows which are a sign of medieval ploughing. These are an important historical landscape feature.
The meadow has long been used by wading birds which require wet grassland habitat. Curlew has nested here recently and there are older records for redshank and lapwing. The loss of suitable habitat means that these birds are classed as being of conservation concern due to the decline in their UK populations, especially in lowland England. Barn owls have been seen hunting over this meadow. Wildflowers found in the meadow include yellow rattle, pignut, the unusual and uncommon grass vetchling as well as the more common and colourful oxeye daisy and knapweed. Butterflies seen here include common blue and small copper.