Asham Wood

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Asham Wood
Site of Special Scientific Interest
2011 - Track through Asham Wood (geograph 2357700).jpg
Asham Wood is located in Somerset
Asham Wood
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST705460
Coordinates 51°12′45″N 2°25′25″W / 51.21244°N 2.42371°W / 51.21244; -2.42371Coordinates: 51°12′45″N 2°25′25″W / 51.21244°N 2.42371°W / 51.21244; -2.42371
Interest Biological
Area 140.6 ha (347 acres)
Notification 1963 (1963)
Natural England website

Asham Wood (grid reference ST705460) is a 140.6-hectare (347-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Downhead in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, notified in 1963.

Asham Wood is the largest and most diverse of the ancient semi-natural woods in the Mendips. It has been the subject of controversy and attempts to protect the environment from increased quarrying activity in the area.

The wood occupies 2 deep valleys and the intervening plateau. Most of the underlying rocks are calcareous Carboniferous Limestone and Shales, but Devonian Portishead Beds outcrop along the northern valley. There are a range of unusual flora and fauna.[1]

At Asham Wood near Frome coppicing and 50 dormouse boxes have been introduced in order to encourage nesting. The boxes are monitored and dormice numbers are recorded.[2]


  1. ^ "Asham Woods" (PDF). English Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Somerset : Asham Wood and Batts Combe quarry - Protecting dormice". Hanson. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 

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