Pamber Forest and Silchester Common

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Pamber Forest and Silchester Common
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Pamber Forest shown in Christopher Saxton's 1575 map of Hampshire
Pamber Forest and Silchester Common is located in Hampshire
Pamber Forest and Silchester Common
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Shown within Hampshire
Area of Search Hampshire
Grid reference SU616607
Coordinates 51°20′37″N 1°07′04″W / 51.343707°N 1.117856°W / 51.343707; -1.117856Coordinates: 51°20′37″N 1°07′04″W / 51.343707°N 1.117856°W / 51.343707; -1.117856
Interest Biological
Area 840 acres (1.31 sq mi)
Notification 1951 (1951)
Natural England website

Pamber Forest and Silchester Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Hampshire, UK.[1] Covering 478 acres (0.747 sq mi), the forest is known for its abundance of butterflies, of which 40 species have been identified – including the Purple Emperor, the White Admiral, the Silver-washed Fritillary and the Purple Hairstreak.[2]

Pamber Forest (an oak wood) covers 458 acres (0.716 sq mi) of the SSSI, and is managed as a Local Nature Reserve. Silchester Common, along with Tadley Common (both heathland commons), was designated a Countryside Heritage Site in 1987. The site is subject to the European Union's 1979 Birds Directive.[3]

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