Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury

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Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Triglochin maritima habit inflorescence.JPG
Sea arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)
Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury is located in Gloucestershire
Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury
Location within Gloucestershire
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Grid reference ST542929
Coordinates 51°38′01″N 2°39′45″W / 51.633488°N 2.662415°W / 51.633488; -2.662415Coordinates: 51°38′01″N 2°39′45″W / 51.633488°N 2.662415°W / 51.633488; -2.662415
Interest Biological
Area 27.03 hectare
Notification 1985
Natural England website

Pennsylvania Fields, Sedbury (grid reference ST542929) is a 27.03-hectare (66.8-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1985.[1][2]

The site is listed in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).[3]

Location and use[edit]

The fields are in the Forest of Dean, near Sedbury, and are brackish pasture which overlies alluvia soil. They lie adjacent to the lower, tidal part of the River Wye, and are unique in Gloucestershire. The area is made up of a collection of fields which are crossed by rhines and water-filled ditches. This pastureland, which is flooded by spring tides (the Wye being a tidal river), is traditionally grazed in the summer months.[1]

Flora[edit]

Mud rush, meadow barley, red fescue, marsh foxtail and the nationally rare bulbous foxtail flourish in the pasture. There is a variety of saltmarsh plants such as sea arrowgrass, sea milkwort, sea aster, greater sea-spurrey, and lesser sea-spurrey. The rare narrow-leaved marsh dandelions (Taraxacum palustre and T. anglicum) are also recorded. Where areas become marshy grassland other species are found. The drainage ditches support a separate range of plants. The brackish water-crowfoot (Ranunculus baudotii) may be found at the boundaries of some of the fields.[1]

Fauna[edit]

Redshank and lapwing breed on the site. Several species of damselfly flourish along the draining ditches include the azure damselfly.[1]

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