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: 40V01
This wood on Boars Hill is an area of long established woodland composed largely of native broadleaved trees and shrubs and in spring the ground has a carpet of bluebells. Woodland of this type is a national priority for nature conservation.
The sandy soils of Boars Hill are acidic and typically for these conditions the woodland has a canopy of oak and birch. Also typically for acidic sandy soils gorse is found in the wood. On the slopes water seeps out forming wet marshy areas. There is also a pond where the uncommon aquatic wildflower water soldier can be seen. The wood provides good habitat for birds and butterflies. The rare silver-spotted skipper butterfly has been seen here. The wood is managed as a private nature reserve.
Site Code: 40W03
This site is a memorial wild garden. Lying on the acidic sandy soils of Boars Hill it supports acid grassland habitat which is rare in Oxfordshire and is a national priority for nature conservation.
Acid grassland wildflowers found here include heath bedstraw, mouse-eared hawkweed, tormentil and sheep’s sorrel. The latter gives the turf a distinctive red appearance when in flower. Heathland plants have been planted in the garden including heather and bell heather. There is also a pond where aquatic wildflowers have been planted.