Aston Clinton Ragpits
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of SearchBuckinghamshire
Grid referenceSP919136
InterestBiological
Area2.9 hectares
Notification1984
Location mapMagic Map

Aston Clinton Ragpits is a 2.9 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. It is a former chalk quarry, which is now a nature reserve managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.[1][2] It is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]

This grassland site has steeply sloping old pits and spoil heaps, with a rich assembly of shrubs, herbs and invertebrates, including twenty-seven butterfly species. There is some mature woodland with beech, yew, ash and whitebeam, together with a hedge and areas of scrub.[1] There are eight orchid species.[4]

There is access from St Leonards Road close to its junction with Upper Icknield Way.

References

  1. ^ a b "Aston Clinton Ragpits citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Map of Aston Clinton Ragpits". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Aston Clinton Ragpits". Chilterns Conservation Board. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Aston Clinton Ragpits". Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

Coordinates: 51°47′21″N 0°42′48″W / 51.789261°N 0.71322°W / 51.789261; -0.71322