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.
Wooded Pasture Valleys and Slopes
Site Code: 41J14
This sites lies along the Glyme Valley near Glympton. Most of the site is wet willow dominated woodland and tall wetland vegetation. At the southern end on the valley slopes is an area of long established ash and hazel woodland. These habitats are national nature conservation priorities.
In the wet areas a range of wetland wildflowers are present including purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris and creeping jenny. In the ash woodland there are bluebells on the ground along with yellow archangel and the uncommon green hellebore. The site has a rich lichen flora and a number of invertebrates which have a restricted distribution are present.
Site Code: 42F04
This site consists of a variety of woodland and wetland habitats along the River Glyme. There are areas of wet willow woodland with tall wetland plants on the ground and areas of open tall wetland vegetation. At the southern end there is an area of drier long established broadleaved woodland consisting mainly of hazel coppice. These habitats are national nature conservation priorities. Other parts of the site have been planted with poplars.
There is a good variety of wetland wildflowers including common valerian, creeping jenny, meadowsweet and marsh bedstraw. Woodland wildflowers include nettle-leaved bellflower and there are bluebells under the hazel coppice. Marsh tits can be seen here and probably nest in the site.