Ashdown Park
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of SearchOxfordshire
Grid referenceSU 284 820[1]
InterestBiological
Area9.3 hectares (23 acres)[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Ashdown Park is a 9.3-hectare (23-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) south of Ashbury in Oxfordshire.[1][2] The SSSI is part of the park of Ashdown House.

The park has been designated an SSSI because of the lichens on its many sarsen boulders. These are in parkland which is heavily grazed to ensure that the lichens, which have taken centuries to grow, do not become shaded. Noteworthy species include Aspicilia caesiocinerea, Buellia saxorum, Candelariella coralliza, Rinodina atrocinerea and Parmelia loxodes.[3]

The park is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Ashdown Park". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Map of Ashdown Park". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Ashdown Park citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 1°35′31″W / 51.536°N 1.592°W / 51.536; -1.592