Aston Clinton Ragpits

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Aston Clinton Ragpits
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Aston Clinton Ragpits 6.JPG
Area of Search Buckinghamshire
Grid reference SP919136
Interest Biological
Area 2.9 hectares
Notification 1984
Location map Magic Map

Aston Clinton Ragpits is a 2.9 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. It is a former chalk quarry, which is now a nature reserve managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.[1][2] It is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]

This grassland site has steeply sloping old pits and spoil heaps, with a rich assembly of shrubs, herbs and invertebrates, including twenty-seven butterfly species. There is some mature woodland with beech, yew, ash and whitebeam, together with a hedge and areas of scrub.[1] There are eight orchid species.[4]

There is access from St Leonards Road close to its junction with Upper Icknield Way.

References

  1. ^ a b "Aston Clinton Ragpits citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Map of Aston Clinton Ragpits". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Aston Clinton Ragpits". Chilterns Conservation Board. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Aston Clinton Ragpits". Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

External links

Coordinates: 51°47′21″N 0°42′48″W / 51.789261°N 0.71322°W / 51.789261; -0.71322

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