Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve

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Castor Hanglands
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Middle Heath, Castor Hanglands - geograph.org.uk - 1387135.jpg
Area of Search Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TF 117 016 [1]
Interest Biological
Area 89.8 hectares[1]
Notification 1986[1]
Location map Magic Map

Castor Hanglands is an 89.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.[1][2] The site is also a National Nature Reserve,[3] and it is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I for its woodlands and Grade 2 for its grassland.[4] It is common land[5] managed by Natural England.[6]

This site has ancient ash and maple woodland, unimproved grassland and scrub. The site is described by Natural England as valuable for invertebrates, including some nationally uncommon species. There are also ponds and ditches which have a variety of aquatic fauna including the warty newt.[7]

There is access by going south along Heath Road from Helpston, going straight on at the crossroads and then along a track westward to the reserve.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Castor Hanglands SSSI". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of Castor Hanglands". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cambridgeshire's National Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 57–58, 141. ISBN 0521 21403 3. 
  5. ^ "Castor Hanglands NNR". Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Castor Hanglands". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Castor Hanglands citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Castor Hanglands". Helpston.net. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 52°36′04″N 0°21′07″W / 52.601°N 0.352°W / 52.601; -0.352