Dunster Park and Heathlands

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Dunster Park and Heathlands
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Dunster Park and Heathlands is located in Somerset
Dunster Park and Heathlands
Shown within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference SS955441
Coordinates 51°11′12″N 3°29′48″W / 51.18654°N 3.49663°W / 51.18654; -3.49663Coordinates: 51°11′12″N 3°29′48″W / 51.18654°N 3.49663°W / 51.18654; -3.49663
Interest Biological
Area 466.6 hectares (4.666 km2; 1.802 sq mi)
Notification 2000 (2000)
Natural England website

Dunster Park and Heathlands (grid reference SS955441) is a 466.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset, notified in 2000.

This site is located in the north-east of the Exmoor National Park within a few miles of the Bristol Channel near the village of Dunster, and is notified for nationally important lowland dry heath, dry lowland acid grassland, wood-pasture with veteran trees and ancient semi-natural oak woodland habitats. The fauna of the lowland heath includes a nationally rare butterfly the Heath fritillary (Mellicta athalia). The assemblage of beetles associated with the veteran trees is of national significance.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dunster Park and Heathlands". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-12.