Frampton Pools

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Frampton Pools
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) (14).JPG
Great crested grebe with young (Podiceps cristatus)
Frampton Pools is located in Gloucestershire
Frampton Pools
Location within Gloucestershire
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Grid reference SO753073
Coordinates 51°45′51″N 2°21′31″W / 51.764283°N 2.358584°W / 51.764283; -2.358584Coordinates: 51°45′51″N 2°21′31″W / 51.764283°N 2.358584°W / 51.764283; -2.358584
Interest Biological
Area 59.84 hectare
Notification 1974
Natural England website

Frampton Pools (grid reference SO753073) is a 59.84-hectare (147.9-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1974.[1][2]

The site is in the Severn Vale and consists of a number of lakes created as a result of gravel extraction. These provide a good open water habitat which is important for wintering wildfowl. The site is mostly standing water which is surrounded by broadleaved woodland, scrub and the margins support marginal vegetation.[1]


The over-wintering birds include large numbers of mallard, teal, shoveler, pochard, tufted duck and pintail. Rarer species also visit such as smew and scaup. The lakes are used as a breeding area for tufted duck, mallard and great crested grebe.[1]

It is a good area for invertebrates, notably dragonflies.[1]


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