Fivehead Woods and Meadow

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Fivehead Woods and Meadow
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Fivehead Woods and Meadow is located in Somerset
Fivehead Woods and Meadow
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST331231
Coordinates 51°00′12″N 2°57′17″W / 51.00338°N 2.95483°W / 51.00338; -2.95483Coordinates: 51°00′12″N 2°57′17″W / 51.00338°N 2.95483°W / 51.00338; -2.95483
Interest Biological
Area 62.4 hectares (0.624 km2; 0.241 sq mi)
Notification 1989 (1989)
Natural England website

Fivehead Woods and Meadow (grid reference ST331231) is a 62.4 hectare (154.2 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest near the village of Fivehead in Somerset, notified in 1989.

This woodland complex is situated on a ridge of land overlooking West Sedgemoor. The site includes a large breeding colony of grey herons (Ardea cinerea) in one of the woods and breeding pairs of nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) as well. Buzzards (Buteo buteo), and sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) also breed. The common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), a rare species, is found in at least one of the woods. Swell Wood, which is part of the site, is a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve. [1]


  1. ^ "Fivehead Woods and Meadow" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-12.