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Local Wildlife Site (LoWS, CWS/SINC)
Summary: Chalk grasslands on valley slopes capped with clay-with-flints incorporating ancient woodland.
Description: Chalk grasslands to the east and south of the site, mostly on the dry valley sides, incorporating some areas of SNCI. Plateau of clay-with-flints occupied almost extensively by oak dominated ancient woodland (Tudor hunting forest). Extensive areas of rhododendron much of which has now been removed.
Reason for interest: The chalk grasslands are flower rich and support Greater Yellow Rattle, Cut-leaved Germander and Ground Pine, all nationally scarce species. The oak woodlands support nesting Hobby, Lesser spotted woodpecker and Woodcock.
Comment: Invertebrates very much under-recorded
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