Rough Bank, Miserden

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Rough Bank, Miserden
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pyramidal orchid - geograph.org.uk - 477304.jpg
Example - Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
Rough Bank, Miserden is located in Gloucestershire
Rough Bank, Miserden
Shown within Gloucestershire
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Grid reference SO907087
Coordinates 51°46′38″N 2°08′08″W / 51.77734°N 2.135474°W / 51.77734; -2.135474Coordinates: 51°46′38″N 2°08′08″W / 51.77734°N 2.135474°W / 51.77734; -2.135474
Interest Biological
Area 9.2 hectare
Notification 1986
Natural England website

Rough Bank, Miserden (grid reference SO907087) is a 9.2-hectare (23-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1986.[1][2]

Habitat and flora[edit]

The site lies in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Miserden and is one of several sites of ancient herb-rich pasture which remain in the area. It lies on Jurassic limestone.[1]

The grassland includes Upright Brome, Tor-grass, Sheep's Fescue and a range of plants which flourish on calcareous soils. These include Autumn Gentian, Clustered Bellflower, Common Calamint, Ploughman's Spikenard and Rock Rose. There are large quantities of Kidney Vetch on the site.[1]

A wide range of orchids flourish including Fly Orchid, Bee Orchid, Green-winged Orchid, Fragrant Orchid and the Greater Butterfly Orchid. Pyramidal Orchids grow in abundance.[1]

Woodland and scrub areas support such plants as Broad-leaved Helleborine, White Helleborine and Nettle-leaved Bellflower. Columbine is recorded.[1]

Fauna[edit]

The rich flora support a diverse range of invertebrates, and butterflies include Chalkhill Blue, Small Blue, Green Hairstreak and the Marbled White. There are species of snail, ant and woodlouse recorded and there are old ant hills present.[1]

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