The Info List - Highbury Wood

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Highbury Wood (grid reference SO540086) is a 50.74-hectare (125.4-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1983.[1][2] The site is listed in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).[3]


1 Location 2 Flora 3 Fauna 4 References 5 SSSI Source 6 External links

Location[edit] The site, which is also a National Nature Reserve (NNR),[4] lies in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woodlands of the lower Wye Valley are considered one of the most important areas for woodland conservation in Britain.[1] Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy are recognised as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive.[5][6] Flora[edit] The woods are a variety of types which are localised to the particular soils of the area. Most of the woodlands are a rich mixture of varieties and are the same as the original natural woods of the Wye Valley. They include rare and local species and the rarities include large-leaved lime, whitebeam, and other trees close to the edge of their European range such as hornbeam and beech.[1] The wood lies in a matrix of unimproved grassland and other habitats which contributes to making the Wye Valley one of the significantly diverse and most attractive areas in southern Britain. Highbury Wood overlies mostly alkaline soils and contains a range of woodland species such as ash, oak and lime. It also has whitebeam which is on the western edge of its geographical range.[1] The ground flora is mostly bramble, dog's mercury, bluebell and wild garlic. There is a range of rarer species including the greater butterfly orchid. Fauna[edit] Two rare molluscs are reported in the wood being Phenacolimax major and Macrogastra rolphi. It is an ideal site for invertebrates; butterflies recorded include the silver-washed fritillary.[1] References[edit]

^ a b c d e Natural England SSSI information on the citation ^ Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, adopted November 2005, Appendix D 'Nature Conservation Site Designations Within the Forest of Dean District', Sites of Special Scientific Interest Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, adopted November 2005, Appendix D 'Nature Conservation Site Designations Within the Forest of Dean District', Key Wildlife Sites Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Natural England NNR citation, map, access and facilities for Highbury Wood ^ Information on Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy Special Area of Conservation designation ^ Joint Nature Conservation Committee Listing of Special Areas of Conservation

SSSI Source[edit]

Natural England SSSI information on the citation Natural England SSSI information on the Highbury Wood units

External links[edit] Media related to Highbury Wood at Wikimedia Commons

Natural England (SSSI information)

Highbury Wood National Nature Reserve (NNR)

Offa's Dyke Path in Highbury Wood

Highbury Wood

Redbrook - view from Highbury Woods

View to Highbury Woods

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Biological Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire

Summarised data for all sites (biological and geological)

Ashleworth Ham Astridge Wood Badgeworth Barnsley Warren Barton Bushes Bigsweir Woods Blaisdon Hall Bourton Down Box Farm Meadows Boxwell Brassey Brooks Head Grove Buckshraft Mine & Bradley Railway Tunnel Bull Cross, The Frith and Juniper Hill Bushley Muzzard, Brimpsfield Caerwood and Ashberry Goose House Chaceley Meadow Clarke's Pool Meadow Cleeve Common Cockleford Marsh Collinpark Wood Coombe Hill Canal Coombe Hill Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods Cotswold Water Park Crickley Hill and Barrow Wake Daneway Banks Dean Hall Coach House & Cellar Devil's Chapel Scowles Dingle Wood Dixton Wood Dymock Woods Edge Common Elmlea Meadows Frampton Pools Highbury Wood Hobbs Quarry Hornsleasow Roughs Hucclecote Meadows Innsworth Meadow Juniper Hill, Edgeworth Kempley Daffodil Meadow Kingscote and Horsley Woods Lark Wood Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common Lineover Wood Lower Woods Lower Wye Gorge May Hill Midger Minchinhampton Common Nagshead Old Bow and Old Ham Mines Old River Severn, Upper Lode Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury Poor's Allotment Puckham Woods Range Farm Fields River Wye Rodborough Common Rough Bank, Miserden Salmonsbury Meadows Selsley Common Severn Estuary Severn Ham, Tewkesbury Shorn Cliff and Caswell Woods Slade Brook Soudley Ponds Speech House Oaks Stenders Quarry Stinchcombe Hill Strawberry Banks Swanpool Wood and Furnace Grove Swift's Hill Sylvan House Barn The Hudnalls The Malvern Hills Tudor Farm Bank Turvey's Piece Upper Severn Estuary Upham Meadow and Summer Leasow Upper Wye Gorge Walmore Common Westbury Brook Ironstone Mine Whelford Meadow Wigpool Ironstone Mine Wildmoorway Meadows Winson Meadows Woodchester Park Workman's Wood Wotton Hill Yarley Meadows

Neighbouring areas Avon Hereford and Worcester Oxfordshi