Barrington Hill Meadows

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Barrington Hill Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Water trough, Barrington Hill (geograph 4074875).jpg
Barrington Hill Meadows is located in Somerset
Barrington Hill Meadows
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST300170
Coordinates 50°56′53″N 2°59′52″W / 50.94817°N 2.99783°W / 50.94817; -2.99783Coordinates: 50°56′53″N 2°59′52″W / 50.94817°N 2.99783°W / 50.94817; -2.99783
Interest Biological
Area 16.1 hectares (0.161 km2; 0.062 sq mi)
Notification 1987 (1987)
Natural England website

Barrington Hill Meadows (grid reference ST300170) is a 16.1 hectare (39.5 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset, England, notified in 1987.

Barrington Hill Meadows, 2 km west of the A358, midway between the villages of Windmill Hill and Bickenhall, is an English Nature national nature reserve.[1]

This site comprises four meadows surrounded by well established hedges on gently sloping clay-rich soils. It is an outstanding example of a traditionally managed unimproved neutral grassland of a type now rare in Britain. Additional interest lies in the occurrence of an extremely rare grass species. The meadows belong to a type characterised by the widespread occurrence of Sweet Vernal Grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum), Crested Dog's-tail (Cynosurus cristatus), Cowslip (Primula veris) and Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio). A total of 74 different species have so far been recorded. This site is one of only 3 localities in Britain in which the grass Gaudinia fragilis is a prominent feature of the sward. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barrington Hill NNR". English Nature. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Barrington Hill Meadows" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-12.