Ringdown SSSI, Somerset

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Ringdown
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pond, Ringdown Common (geograph 1676602).jpg
Ringdown SSSI, Somerset is located in Somerset
Ringdown SSSI, Somerset
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST178155
Coordinates 50°55′59″N 3°10′16″W / 50.93307°N 3.17112°W / 50.93307; -3.17112Coordinates: 50°55′59″N 3°10′16″W / 50.93307°N 3.17112°W / 50.93307; -3.17112
Interest Biological
Area 4.0 hectares (0.040 km2; 0.015 sq mi)
Notification 1990 (1990)
Natural England website

Ringdown (grid reference ST178155) is a 4.0 hectare (9.9 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Burnworthy in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, notified in 1990.

The site is located on a valley side in the Blackdown Hills where outcrops of both Cretaceous Upper Greensand and underlying Triassic Keuper Marls occur. Amongst the vegetation present are two species which are very restricted in South West Britain, white beaksedge (Rhynchospora alba) and dioecious sedge (Carex dioica). This site is the only known location for the latter in Somerset. A colony of the small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene) is found here.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ringdown" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-19.