Chipstead Downs

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Chipstead Downs
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Area of SearchSurrey
Grid referenceTQ 266 578[1]
InterestBiological
Area157.8 hectares (390 acres)[1]
Notification1985[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Chipstead Downs is a 157.8-hectare (390-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south-east of Banstead in Surrey.[1][2] Part of it is Park Downs, which is managed by the Banstead Commons Conservators.[3]

This site has ancient woodland and steeply sloping chalk grassland together with associated secondary woodland and scrub. A large part of the grassland is dominated by tor-grass, but in some areas mowing and rabbit grazing have produced a rich chalk grassland flora including the endangered greater yellow-rattle. There are rich bird and butterfly fauna.[4]

Most of the site is public open space which is owned by Surrey County Council and managed by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Chipstead Downs". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Map of Chipstead Downs". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Banstead Commons and Banstead Commons Conservators". Banstead Commons Conservators. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Chipstead Downs citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 5 November 2018.

Coordinates: 51°18′18″N 0°11′06″W / 51.305°N 0.185°W / 51.305; -0.185