Long Lye

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Long Lye
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Long Lye is located in Somerset
Long Lye
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST265122
Coordinates 50°54′16″N 3°02′48″W / 50.90457°N 3.04667°W / 50.90457; -3.04667Coordinates: 50°54′16″N 3°02′48″W / 50.90457°N 3.04667°W / 50.90457; -3.04667
Interest Biological
Area 11.7 hectares (0.117 km2; 0.045 sq mi)
Notification 1988 (1988)
Natural England website

Long Lye (grid reference ST265122) is an 11.7 hectare (29.0 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest at Buckland St Mary in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, notified in 1988.

This site along with the adjoining Long Lye Meadow were considered to be under threat from a scheme to widen the A303.[1]

Long Lye is a traditionally managed neutral grassland of a type which was once characteristic of lowland Britain but has now become increasingly rare due to agricultural intensification. Mature broadleaved woodland and wet flush communities add considerable diversity to this site. Fifteen species of butterfly have been recorded here. They include the silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia), of which the valenzia form has been found, purple hairstreak (Quercusia quercus) and marbled white (Melanargia galathea).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victory as Government backs down over Blackdown Hills". Friends of the Earth. Retrieved 2006-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Long Lye" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-17.