West 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Settled Ancient Pastures
Site Code: 32K27/2
This site is a bank of limestone grassland. This habitat is now mainly found on steeper banks and is a national priority for nature conservation. This not a particularly rich site but it has a very good population of meadow clary which is a rare plant found mainly in this part of the Cotswolds. It is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Other wildflowers present include fairy flax and wild basil.
Site Code: 31U04
Ditchley Road Quarry SSSI
Ditchley Road Quarry is an example of one of a number of quarries in Oxfordshire where important geological exposures have been uncovered as a result of quarrying. Such exposures, and the fossils that are found within them, are important in the understanding of geological history.