Overhall Grove

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Overhall Grove
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Overhall Grove 4.jpg
Area of Search Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL 338 630 [1]
Interest Biological
Area 17.4 hectares[1]
Notification 1984[1]
Location map Magic Map

Overhall Grove is a 17.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Knapwell in Cambridgeshire.[1][2] It is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade II,[3] and it is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.[4]

This site is the largest elm woodland in the county. It was seriously affected by Dutch elm disease, but many trees have regenerated from their bases, and the mixture of new growth and dead wood provides a very good habitat for insects and birds. There is the remains of a medieval manor and moat at the northern end, and a family of badgers has unearthed pottery dating back to the eleventh century.[4] the ecological value of the site is enhanced by a stream, ponds, clearings and rides.[5]

There is access by a footpath from Knapwell High Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Overhall Grove". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of Overhall Grove". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 61. ISBN 0521 21403 3. 
  4. ^ a b "Overhall Grove". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Overhall Grove citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 52°14′56″N 0°02′31″W / 52.249°N 0.042°W / 52.249; -0.042