Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve

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Castor Hanglands NNR, April 2005

Castor Hanglands is managed as a national nature reserve[1] and Site of Special Scientific Interest[2] by Natural England, a non-departmental public body vested in 2006. It is situated north of the villages of Castor and Ailsworth in the unitary authority area of Peterborough in the United Kingdom.

In an area of less than 220 acres (90 ha), Castor Hanglands contains a remarkable variety of plant and animal life. The reserve is a composite site where four distinct habitats — woodland, grassland, scrub and wetland — each of which has its own special wildlife, are made more valuable by their close proximity. Its history goes back over 2,000 years, the western boundary following King Street, a Roman road connecting Castor and Bourne. The woodland in Castor is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the name hangra is Old English for a wood on a hill.[3]


  1. ^ Castor Hanglands NNR Natural England (retrieved 27 May 2008), declared under Section 19 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
  2. ^ Castor Hanglands SSSI Natural England (retrieved 27 May 2008), notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  3. ^ Castor Hanglands NNR English Nature (former), 2004

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Coordinates: 52°36′01″N 0°20′49″W / 52.600240°N 0.346951°W / 52.600240; -0.346951