List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Oxfordshire

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Oxfordshire in South East England has an area of 2,605 square kilometres and a population of 648,700. In England, the body responsible for designating Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) is Natural England, which is responsible for protecting England's natural environment. Notification as an SSSI gives legal protection to the best sites for wildlife and geology.[1] As of 2011, there are 110 SSSIs in Oxfordshire, 77 of which have been designated for biological interest, 27 for geological interest, and 6 for both biological and geological interest.[2]

For other counties, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

The data in the table is taken from Natural England's website in the form of citation sheets for each SSSI.[3]

Sites[edit]

Site name Reason for designation Area[A] Grid reference[B][C] Year in which notified[D] Map[E] Location
Biological interest Geological interest Hectares Acres
Alvescot Meadows Green tickY 2.7 6.7 SP273050 & SP278049 1992 Map Alvescot
Appleton Lower Common Green tickY 43.3 117.0 SP425007 1986 Map Appleton
Ardley Cutting and Quarry Green tickY Green tickY 40.1 99.1 SP540269 1988 Map Ardley
Ardley Trackways Green tickY 63.6 157.1 SP540248 2010 Map Ardley
Arncott Bridge Meadows Green tickY 8.7 21.4 SP608185 1985 Map Arncott
Ashdown Park Green tickY 9.2 22.7 SU285820 1986 Map Lambourn
Aston Rowant Green tickY 128.5 317.5 SU728972 1988 Map Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant Cutting Green tickY 4.0 9.8 SU728965 to SU737965 1986 Map Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant Woods Green tickY 209.7 518 SU750984 1986 Map Aston Rowant
Aston Upthorpe Downs Green tickY 38.7 95.7 SU545834 & SU536835 1984 Map Cholsey
Barrow Farm Fen Green tickY 6.6 16.3 SU468975 1986 Map Abingdon
Bear, Oveys and Great Bottom Woods Green tickY 58.6 144.8 SU693840 & SU703830 1986 Map Henley-on-Thames
Berins Hill Bank Green tickY 1.8 4.4 SU654852 1986 Map Cholsey
Berrick Trench Green tickY 2.0 5.0 SU705882 1988 Map Henley-on-Thames
Bestmoor Green tickY 12.4 30.6 SP493297 1990 Map Deddington
Bix Bottom Green tickY 103.0 245.5 SU715880 1986 Map Henley-on-Thames
Blenheim Park Green tickY 225.2 556.6 SP435167 1986 Map Woodstock
Bould Wood Green tickY 58.7 145.0 SP253205 1986 Map Bruern
Brasenose Wood and Shotover Hill Green tickY 109.5 270.6 SP567058 1986 Map Oxford
Buckland Warren Green tickY 0.03 0.07 SU333963 1993 Map Buckland
Cassington Meadows Green tickY 7.0 17.4 SP463101 1993 Map Cassington
Chimney Meadows Green tickY 49.7 122.8 SP352000 1986 Map Buckland
Chinnor Chalk Pit Green tickY 66.1 163.3 SU755998 1986 Map Chinnor
Chinnor Hill Green tickY 27.3 67.4 SP766007 1986 Map Chinnor
Cothill Fen Green tickY 43.6 107.6 SU456993SP468013 1993 Map Abingdon
Culham Brake Green tickY 1.4 3.5 SU508964 1985 Map Abingdon
Cumnor Green tickY 0.2 0.5 SP46040325 & SP46180324 1990 Map Cumnor
Ditchley Road Quarry Green tickY 12.2 30.2 SP370200 1986 Map Charlbury
Dry Sandford Pit Green tickY Green tickY 4 10 SU467995 1986 Map Abingdon
Ducklington Mead Green tickY 5.6 13.8 SP363077 1986 Map Witney
Fernham Meadows Green tickY 21.9 54.1 SU294907 1990 Map Faringdon
Frilford Heath, Ponds and Fens Green tickY 110.2 272.4 SU442985 1986 Map Abingdon
Glyme Valley Green tickY 28.4 70.3 SP340259 1988 Map Chipping Norton
Grafton Lock Meadow Green tickY 11.1 27.4 SU273991 1986 Map Faringdon
Hackpen, Warren & Gramp's Hill Downs Green tickY 72.9 180.1 SU355845 1986 Map Letcombe Bassett
Harpsden Wood Green tickY 25.8 63.8 SU761804 1990 Map Henley-on-Thames
Hartslock Green tickY 42.2 104.2 SU619793 1986 Map Goring-on-Thames
Highlands Farm Pit Green tickY 0.6 1.4 SU744813 1986 Map Henley-on-Thames
Holly Court Bank Green tickY 4.6 11.4 SP387152 1986 Map Woodstock
Holly Wood Green tickY 24.2 60.2 SP588100 1986 Map Beckley
Holton Wood Green tickY 49.5 122.3 SP603080 1984 Map Oxford
Hook Meadow and The Trap Grounds Green tickY 11.3 27.9 SP496092 to SP502087 1986 Map Oxford
Hook Norton Cutting & Banks Green tickY Green tickY 6.8 16.7 SP360320 1986 Map Chipping Norton
Horsehay Quarries Green tickY 8.2 20.6 SP456273 & SP456276 1987 Map Steeple Aston
Hurst Hill Green tickY Green tickY 20.6 51.0 SP477043 1986 Map Cumnor
Iffley Meadows Green tickY 36.2 89.5 SP524038 1986 Map Oxford
Kirtlington Quarry Green tickY 3.3 8.2 SP494199 1986 Map Kirtlington
Knightsbridge Lane Green tickY 1.7 4.3 SU683969 1987 Map Watlington
Lamb and Flag Quarry Green tickY 0.2 0.4 SU380974 1986 Map Southmoor
Lambridge Wood Green tickY 73.8 182.3 SU734845 1984 Map Henley-on-Thames
Langley's Lane Meadow Green tickY 3.5 8.6 SP391015 1985 Map Standlake
Little Tew Meadows Green tickY 40.0 98.0 SP377281 1995 Map Chipping Norton
Little Wittenham Green tickY 68.8 169.9 SU571929 2000 Map Wallingford
Littlemore Railway Cutting Green tickY 0.5 1.3 SP532028 1986 Map Oxford
Littleworth Brick Pit Green tickY 1.2 3.9 SP588054 1987 Map Wheatley
Long Hanborough Gravel Pit Green tickY 4.3 10.6 SP419137 1986 Map Long Hanborough
Lye Valley Green tickY 2.5 6.3 SP548052 & SP547058 1987 Map Oxford
Lyehill Quarry Green tickY 3.0 7.5 SP592068 1986 Map Wheatley
Magdalen Grove Green tickY 0.4 1.0 SP520065 1991 Map Oxford
Magdalen Quarry Green tickY 0.4 1.0 SP552071 1986 Map Oxford
Middle Barton Fen Green tickY 11.3 27.9 SP443263 1990 Map Westcott Barton
Moulsford Downs Green tickY 11.3 28.0 SU578827 1986 Map Moulsford
Murcott Meadows Green tickY 22.8 56.3 SP593139 1986 Map Oxford
Neithrop Fields Cutting Green tickY 1.5 3.8 SP593139 1986 Map Banbury
New Marston Meadows Green tickY 44.4 109.7 SP520076 1993 Map Oxford
Otmoor Green tickY 211.6 522.9 SP575130 1988 Map Beckley
Out Wood Green tickY 19.2 47.5 SP408208 1986 Map Charlbury
Pishill Woods Green tickY 42.2 104.1 SU715901 & SU713905 1984 Map Watlington
Pixey and Yarnton Meads Green tickY 85.6 211.5 SP480105 1986 Map Oxford
Port Meadow With Wolvercote Common & Green Green tickY 166.7 411.9 SP495083 1986 Map Oxford
Priest's Hill Green tickY 1.0 2.6 SU700872 1986 Map Nettlebed
Reed Hill Green tickY 14.0 34.5 SP380173 1987 Map Charlbury
Rock Edge Green tickY 1.8 4.5 SP550064 1986 Map Oxford
Rushy Meadows Green tickY 8.7 21.6 SP481143 1985 Map Kidlington
Salt Way, Ditchley Green tickY 2.1 5.2 SP384195 1988 Map Charlbury
Sarsgrove Wood Green tickY 41.5 102.5 SP305243 1985 Map Chipping Norton
Sharp's Hill Quarry Green tickY 2.4 5.8 SP338359 1986 Map Hook Norton
Sheep's Banks Green tickY 5.1 12.5 SP443210 1986 Map Woodstock
Shellingford Crossroads Quarry Green tickY 2.6 6.4 SU326942 1986 Map Faringdon
Shipton-on-Cherwell & Whitehill Farm Quarries Green tickY 27.7 68.3 SP474176 & SP478186 1986 Map Woodstock
Shirburn Hill Green tickY 64.5 159.5 SU715955 1986 Map Watlington
Sidling's Copse and College Pond Green tickY 22.2 54.9 SP555095 1986 Map Oxford
Spartum Fen Green tickY 8.0 19.7 SP654016 1986 Map Thame
Stanton Great Wood Green tickY 57.5 142.2 SP588093 1987 Map Oxford
Stanton Harcourt Green tickY 0.7 1.7 SP414051 1990 Map Stanton Harcourt
Stonesfield Common, Bottoms & Banks Green tickY 27.5 67.8 SP392166 1989 Map Woodstock
Stonesfield Slate Mines Green tickY 0.8 1.9 SP392172 & SP388168 & SP379173 & SP387171 1986 Map Woodstock
Stratton Audley Quarries Green tickY 8.7 21.5 SP60052545 & SP602250 1986 Map Bicester
Sturt Copse Green tickY 5.3 12.9 SP400150 1987 Map Woodstock
Sugworth Green tickY 0.6 1.4 SP513008 1986 Map Abingdon
Swyncombe Downs Green tickY 46.4 115.1 SU672915 1984 Map Wallingford
Taynton Quarries Green tickY 41.1 101.6 SP235150 1988 Map Burford
Tuckmill Meadows Green tickY 6.1 15.1 SU240900 1988 Map Watchfield
Warren Bank Green tickY 3.1 7.5 SU653857 1986 Map Wallingford
Waterperry Wood Green tickY 140.2 346.4 SP605090 1986 Map Oxford
Watlington and Pyrton Hills Green tickY 110.9 273.9 SU705936 1986 Map Watlington
Wendlebury Meads and Mansmoor Closes Green tickY 73.2 180.9 SP562175 1986 Map Bicester
Weston Fen Green tickY 13.0 32.1 SP526194 1986 Map Bicester
Westwell Gorse Green tickY 2.4 5.8 SP219113 1994 Map Burford
Whitecross Green and Oriel Woods Green tickY 64.1 158.4 SP603144 1985 Map Beckley
Whitehill Wood Green tickY 3.4 8.4 SP391155 1986 Map Woodstock
White Horse Hill Green tickY Green tickY 103.2 254.9 SU302868 1986 Map Uffington
Wicklesham and Coxwell Pits Green tickY 12.8 31.6 SU285942 & SU289941 & SU292942 1986 Map Faringdon
Wolvercote Meadows Green tickY 9.2 22.7 SP484096 1986 Map Oxford
Woodeaton Quarry Green tickY 6.4 15.8 SP533123 1986 Map Beckley
Woodeaton Wood Green tickY 14.1 34.9 SP450112 1986 Map Beckley
Worsham Lane Green tickY 0.5 1.3 SP308096 1986 Map Witney
Wychwood Green tickY Green tickY 530.5 1,310.9 SP332158 1988 Map Charlbury
Wytham Ditches and Flushes Green tickY 5.7 14.0 SP465098 1986 Map Oxford
Wytham Woods Green tickY 426.5 1,053.8 SP462083 1986 Map Oxford

Notes[edit]

A Data rounded to one decimal place.
B Grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system, also known as OSGB36, and is the system used by the Ordnance Survey.[4]
C Those SSSIs with more than one OS grid reference are composed of multiple sections, separated by non-SSSI land.[4]
D This list uses the date notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
E Link to maps using the Nature on the Map service provided by Natural England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Protected or designated areas, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Natural England
  2. ^ Natural England, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Search results for Oxfordshireshire
  3. ^ Natural England citation sheets for each SSSI. Retrieved on 2011-12-06. (PDF files).
  4. ^ a b "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2011-11-30.