Severn Ham, Tewkesbury

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Severn Ham, Tewkesbury
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Path across Severn Ham - geograph.org.uk - 1729173.jpg
Severn Ham
Severn Ham, Tewkesbury is located in Gloucestershire
Severn Ham, Tewkesbury
Shown within Gloucestershire
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Grid reference SO885325
Coordinates 51°59′29″N 2°10′05″W / 51.99128°N 2.16816°W / 51.99128; -2.16816Coordinates: 51°59′29″N 2°10′05″W / 51.99128°N 2.16816°W / 51.99128; -2.16816
Interest Biological
Area 70.82 hectare
Notification 1974
Natural England website

Severn Ham, Tewkesbury (grid reference SO885325) is a 70.82-hectare (175.0-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire near Tewkesbury, notified in 1974.[1][2]

It is on the east side of the Severn to Old River Severn, Upper Lode SSSI.

Habitat and flora[edit]

The site is important for protection being one of the few remaining ham meadows which are traditionally managed. It is sited on the alluvium of the Severn Vale and is a flooded area in the winter months. It is neutral grassland and mostly only semi-improved. There are specific requirements in respect of fertilisers for the site to ensure the protection of the wide-ranging flora. This includes the rare sulphurwort (Oenanthe silaifolia).[1]

Grass species include cocksfoot, meadow foxtail, meadow barley, and smooth brome (Bromus racemosus). There is marsh foxtail in the wetter areas.

Flowering species such as meadow buttercup and lady's smock are plentiful. Trees and scrub grow on the margins.[1]

Fauna[edit]

Resident birds include lapwing, curlew and redshank.

References[edit]

SSSI Source[edit]

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