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List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire in South East England has an area of 2,605 square kilometres and a population of 648,700. In England, the body responsible for designating Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) is Natural England, which is responsible for protecting England's natural environment. Notification as an SSSI gives legal protection to the best sites for wildlife and geology.[1] As of 2011, there are 110 SSSIs in Oxfordshire, 76 of which have been designated for biological interest, 27 for geological interest, and 7 for both biological and geological interest.[2]

For other counties, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

The data in the table is taken from Natural England's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[3]

Sites

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B][C] Year in which notified[D] Map[E] Location
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Alvescot Meadows Y 2.7 6.7 & 1992  Map  Alvescot
Appleton Lower Common Y 43.3 117.0 1986  Map  Appleton
Ardley Cutting and Quarry Y Y 40.1 99.1 1988  Map  Ardley
Ardley Trackways Y 63.6 157.1 2010  Map  Ardley
Arncott Bridge Meadows Y 8.7 21.4 1985  Map  Ambrosden
Ashdown Park Y 9.2 22.7 1986  Map  Lambourn
Aston Rowant Y Y 128.5 317.5 1988  Map  Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant Cutting Y 4.0 9.8 to 1986  Map  Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant Woods Y 209.7 518 1986  Map  Aston Rowant
Aston Upthorpe Downs Y 38.7 95.7 & 1984  Map  Cholsey
Barrow Farm Fen Y 6.6 16.3 1986  Map  Abingdon
Bear, Oveys and Great Bottom Woods Y 58.6 144.8 & 1986  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Berins Hill Bank Y 1.8 4.4 1986  Map  Cholsey
Berrick Trench Y 2.0 5.0 1988  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Bestmoor Y 12.4 30.6 1990  Map  Deddington
Bix Bottom Y 103.0 245.5 1986  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Blenheim Park Y 225.2 556.6 1986  Map  Woodstock
Bould Wood Y 58.7 145.0 1986  Map  Bruern
Brasenose Wood and Shotover Hill Y 109.5 270.6 1986  Map  Oxford
Buckland Warren Y 0.03 0.07 1993  Map  Buckland
Cassington Meadows Y 7.0 17.4 1993  Map  Cassington
Chimney Meadows Y 49.7 122.8 1986  Map  Buckland
Chinnor Chalk Pit Y 66.1 163.3 1986  Map  Chinnor
Chinnor Hill Y 27.3 67.4 1986  Map  Chinnor
Cothill Fen Y 43.6 107.6 1993  Map  Abingdon
Culham Brake Y 1.4 3.5 1985  Map  Abingdon
Cumnor Y 0.2 0.5 & 1990  Map  Cumnor
Ditchley Road Quarry Y 12.2 30.2 1986  Map  Charlbury
Dry Sandford Pit Y Y 4 10 1986  Map  Abingdon
Ducklington Mead Y 5.6 13.8 1986  Map  Witney
Fernham Meadows Y 21.9 54.1 1990  Map  Faringdon
Frilford Heath, Ponds and Fens Y 110.2 272.4 1986  Map  Abingdon
Glyme Valley Y 28.4 70.3 1988  Map  Chipping Norton
Grafton Lock Meadow Y 11.1 27.4 1986  Map  Faringdon
Hackpen, Warren & Gramp's Hill Downs Y 72.9 180.1 1986  Map  Letcombe Bassett
Harpsden Wood Y 25.8 63.8 1990  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Hartslock Y 42.2 104.2 1986  Map  Goring-on-Thames
Highlands Farm Pit Y 0.6 1.4 1986  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Holly Court Bank Y 4.6 11.4 1986  Map  Woodstock
Holly Wood Y 24.2 60.2 1986  Map  Beckley
Holton Wood Y 49.5 122.3 1984  Map  Oxford
Hook Meadow and The Trap Grounds Y 11.3 27.9 to 1986  Map  Oxford
Hook Norton Cutting & Banks Y Y 6.8 16.7 1986  Map  Chipping Norton
Horsehay Quarries Y 8.2 20.6 & 1987  Map  Steeple Aston
Hurst Hill Y Y 20.6 51.0 1986  Map  Cumnor
Iffley Meadows Y 36.2 89.5 1986  Map  Oxford
Kirtlington Quarry Y 3.3 8.2 1986  Map  Kirtlington
Knightsbridge Lane Y 1.7 4.3 1987  Map  Watlington
Lamb and Flag Quarry Y 0.2 0.4 1986  Map  Southmoor
Lambridge Wood Y 73.8 182.3 1984  Map  Henley-on-Thames
Langley's Lane Meadow Y 3.5 8.6 1985  Map  Standlake
Little Tew Meadows Y 40.0 98.0 1995  Map  Chipping Norton
Little Wittenham Y 68.8 169.9 2000  Map  Wallingford
Littlemore Railway Cutting Y 0.5 1.3 1986  Map  Oxford
Littleworth Brick Pit Y 1.2 3.9 1987  Map  Wheatley
Long Hanborough Gravel Pit Y 4.3 10.6 1986  Map  Long Hanborough
Lye Valley Y 2.5 6.3 & 1987  Map  Oxford
Lyehill Quarry Y 3.0 7.5 1986  Map  Wheatley
Magdalen Grove Y 0.4 1.0 1991  Map  Oxford
Magdalen Quarry Y 0.4 1.0 1986  Map  Oxford
Middle Barton Fen Y 11.3 27.9 1990  Map  Westcott Barton
Moulsford Downs Y 11.3 28.0 1986  Map  Moulsford
Murcott Meadows Y 22.8 56.3 1986  Map  Oxford
Neithrop Fields Cutting Y 1.5 3.8 1986  Map  Banbury
New Marston Meadows Y 44.4 109.7 1993  Map  Oxford
Otmoor Y 211.6 522.9 1988  Map  Beckley
Out Wood Y 19.2 47.5 1986  Map  Charlbury
Pishill Woods Y 42.2 104.1 & 1984  Map  Watlington
Pixey and Yarnton Meads Y 85.6 211.5 1986  Map  Oxford
Port Meadow With Wolvercote Common & Green Y 166.7 411.9 1986  Map  Oxford
Priest's Hill Y 1.0 2.6 1986  Map  Nettlebed
Reed Hill Y 14.0 34.5 1987  Map  Charlbury
Rock Edge Y 1.8 4.5 1986  Map  Oxford
Rushy Meadows Y 8.7 21.6 1985  Map  Kidlington
Salt Way, Ditchley Y 2.1 5.2 1988  Map  Charlbury
Sarsgrove Wood Y 41.5 102.5 1985  Map  Chipping Norton
Sharp's Hill Quarry Y 2.4 5.8 1986  Map  Hook Norton
Sheep's Banks Y 5.1 12.5 1986  Map  Woodstock
Shellingford Crossroads Quarry Y 2.6 6.4 1986  Map  Faringdon
Shipton-on-Cherwell & Whitehill Farm Quarries Y 27.7 68.3 & 1986  Map  Woodstock
Shirburn Hill Y 64.5 159.5 1986  Map  Watlington
Sidling's Copse and College Pond Y 22.2 54.9 1986  Map  Oxford
Spartum Fen Y 8.0 19.7 1986  Map  Thame
Stanton Great Wood Y 57.5 142.2 1987  Map  Oxford
Stanton Harcourt Y 0.7 1.7 1990  Map  Stanton Harcourt
Stonesfield Common, Bottoms & Banks Y 27.5 67.8 1989  Map  Woodstock
Stonesfield Slate Mines Y 0.8 1.9 & & & 1986  Map  Woodstock
Stratton Audley Quarries Y 8.7 21.5 & 1986  Map  Bicester
Sturt Copse Y 5.3 12.9 1987  Map  Woodstock
Sugworth Y 0.6 1.4 1986  Map  Abingdon
Swyncombe Downs Y 46.4 115.1 1984  Map  Wallingford
Taynton Quarries Y 41.1 101.6 1988  Map  Burford
Tuckmill Meadows Y 6.1 15.1 1988  Map  Watchfield
Warren Bank Y 3.1 7.5 1986  Map  Wallingford
Waterperry Wood Y 140.2 346.4 1986  Map  Oxford
Watlington and Pyrton Hills Y 110.9 273.9 1986  Map  Watlington
Wendlebury Meads and Mansmoor Closes Y 73.2 180.9 1986  Map  Bicester
Weston Fen Y 13.0 32.1 1986  Map  Bicester
Westwell Gorse Y 2.4 5.8 1994  Map  Burford
Whitecross Green and Oriel Woods Y 64.1 158.4 1985  Map  Beckley
Whitehill Wood Y 3.4 8.4 1986  Map  Woodstock
White Horse Hill Y Y 103.2 254.9 1986  Map  Uffington
Wicklesham and Coxwell Pits Y 12.8 31.6 & & 1986  Map  Faringdon
Wolvercote Meadows Y 9.2 22.7 1986  Map  Oxford
Woodeaton Quarry Y 6.4 15.8 1986  Map  Beckley
Woodeaton Wood Y 14.1 34.9 1986  Map  Beckley
Worsham Lane Y 0.5 1.3 1986  Map  Witney
Wychwood Y Y 530.5 1,310.9 1988  Map  Charlbury
Wytham Ditches and Flushes Y 5.7 14.0 1986  Map  Oxford
Wytham Woods Y 426.5 1,053.8 1986  Map  Oxford

Notes

A Data rounded to one decimal place.
B Grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, and is the system used by the Ordnance Survey.[4]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[4]
D This list uses the date notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
E Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.

References

  1. ^ Protected or designated areas, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Natural England
  2. ^ Natural England, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Search results for Oxfordshireshire
  3. ^ Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2011-12-06. (PDF files).
    • "Alvescot Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Appleton Lower Common" (PDF). 
    • "Ardley Cutting And Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Ardley Trackways" (PDF). 
    • "Arncott Bridge Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Ashdown Park" (PDF). 
    • "Aston Rowant" (PDF). 
    • "Aston Rowant Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Aston Rowant Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Aston Upthorpe Downs" (PDF). 
    • "Barrow Farm Fen" (PDF). 
    • "Bear, Oveys And Great Bottom Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Berins Hill Bank" (PDF). 
    • "Berrick Trench" (PDF). 
    • "Bestmoor" (PDF). 
    • "Bix Bottom" (PDF). 
    • "Blenheim Park" (PDF). 
    • "Bould Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Brasenose Wood And Shotover Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Buckland Warren" (PDF). 
    • "Cassington Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Chimney Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Chinnor Chalk Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Chinnor Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Cothill Fen" (PDF). 
    • "Culham Brake" (PDF). 
    • "Cumnor" (PDF). 
    • "Ditchley Road Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Dry Sandford Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Ducklington Mead" (PDF). 
    • "Fernham Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Frilford Heath, Ponds And Fens" (PDF). 
    • "Glyme Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Grafton Lock Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Hackpen, Warren & Gramp's Hill Downs" (PDF). 
    • "Harpsden Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Hartslock" (PDF). 
    • "Highlands Farm Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Holly Court Bank" (PDF). 
    • "Holly Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Holton Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Hook Meadow And The Trap Grounds" (PDF). 
    • "Hook Norton Cutting & Banks" (PDF). 
    • "Horsehay Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Hurst Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Iffley Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Kirtlington Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Knightsbridge Lane" (PDF). 
    • "Lamb And Flag Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Lambridge Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Langley's Lane Meadow" (PDF). 
    • "Little Tew Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Little Wittenham" (PDF). 
    • "Littlemore Railway Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "Littleworth Brick Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Long Hanborough Gravel Pit" (PDF). 
    • "Lye Valley" (PDF). 
    • "Lyehill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Magdalen Grove" (PDF). 
    • "Magdalen Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Middle Barton Fen" (PDF). 
    • "Moulsford Downs" (PDF). 
    • "Murcott Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Neithrop Fields Cutting" (PDF). 
    • "New Marston Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Otmoor" (PDF). 
    • "Out Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Pishill Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Pixey And Yarnton Meads" (PDF). 
    • "Port Meadow With Wolvercote Common & Green" (PDF). 
    • "Priest's Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Reed Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Rock Edge" (PDF). 
    • "Rushy Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Salt Way, Ditchley" (PDF). 
    • "Sarsgrove Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Sharp's Hill Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Sheep's Banks" (PDF). 
    • "Shellingford Crossroads Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Shipton-on-cherwell & Whitehill Farm Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Shirburn Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Sidling's Copse And College Pond" (PDF). 
    • "Spartum Fen" (PDF). 
    • "Stanton Great Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Stanton Harcourt" (PDF). 
    • "Stonesfield Common, Bottoms & Banks" (PDF). 
    • "Stonesfield Slate Mines" (PDF). 
    • "Stratton Audley Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Sturt Copse" (PDF). 
    • "Sugworth" (PDF). 
    • "Swyncombe Downs" (PDF). 
    • "Taynton Quarries" (PDF). 
    • "Tuckmill Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Warren Bank" (PDF). 
    • "Waterperry Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Watlington And Pyrton Hills" (PDF). 
    • "Wendlebury Meads And Mansmoor Closes" (PDF). 
    • "Weston Fen" (PDF). 
    • "Westwell Gorse" (PDF). 
    • "Whitecross Green And Oriel Woods" (PDF). 
    • "Whitehill Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Whitehorse Hill" (PDF). 
    • "Wicklesham And Coxwell Pits" (PDF). 
    • "Wolvercote Meadows" (PDF). 
    • "Woodeaton Quarry" (PDF). 
    • "Woodeaton Wood" (PDF). 
    • "Worsham Lane" (PDF). 
    • "Wychwood" (PDF). 
    • "Wytham Ditches And Flushes" (PDF). 
    • "Wytham Woods" (PDF). 
  4. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
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