Temple Island Meadows

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Temple Island Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Temple Island Meadows 15.JPG
Area of Search Buckinghamshire
Grid reference SU769847
Interest Biological
Area 14.1 hectares
Notification 1989
Location map Magic Map

Temple Island Meadows is a 14.1-hectare (35-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the Buckinghamshire bank of the River Thames. It is north of Henley-on-Thames and opposite Temple Island, an island in the Thames.[1][2]

The site is composed of several wet meadows, which are grazed by sheep. They are seasonally flooded and waterlogged and have a diverse flora and fauna. Plants include the nationally rare summer snowflake and marsh and early marsh orchids, which are found in locations with a long history of undisturbed grassland management. There are invertebrates such as the endangered marsh fly Dicheptophora findlandica and the rare dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus. There are also areas of wet woodland, and the diverse habitats attract a variety of breeding birds.[1]

A riverside footpath crosses the site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Temple Island Meadows citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of Temple Island Meadows". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°33′22″N 0°53′32″W / 51.556°N 0.8922°W / 51.556; -0.8922