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: 29X01
Wicklesham and Coxwell Pits SSSI
Quarrying has resulted in the exposure of important geological features at a number of sites in Oxfordshire including these quarries near Faringdon. These are important in the understanding of geological history. The special feature here is the exposure of Faringdon sponge gravels. It is one of Britain’s richest sites for fossils, many of which have been found only at Faringdon.
Site Code: 29X07
Faringdon Wet Meadow
This wet meadow near Faringdon is a steeply sloping field with a line of springs across the slope. The grassland has a good range of wildflowers and has not been agriculturally improved through the use of herbicides or fertilizers. The wildflowers include pepper saxifrage and colourful species such as cowslip, cuckooflower and common knapweed. Such grassland is a national priority for nature conservation. The wet areas where the springs rise have many sedges and wetland wildflowers such as meadowsweet and hemp agrimony.