Dancersend
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of SearchBuckinghamshire
Grid referenceSP900094
InterestBiological
Area81.3 hectares
Notification1986
Location mapMagic Map

Dancersend is an 81.3 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) south of Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. Part of the site is managed by the Forestry Commission and part by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). The BBOWT's 47 hectare nature reserve, called Dancersend with Pavis Woods, extends into fields west of the SSSI. It is in the Chilterns Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1][2][3]

The site was formerly the Dancersend estate of the Rothschild family, who developed it as a nature reserve. It has woodland plantations, unimproved chalk grassland and scrub. The woods have few mature trees as most were felled during the 1940s, but a rich ground flora includes plants associated with ancient woodland, such as hairy brome and wood melick. The site is important for its butterflies and moths, and it has a diverse population of breeding birds.[1]

There is access from Bottom Road in Spencersgreen, and by St Leonards Road between Aston Clinton and Chivery.

References

  1. ^ a b "Dancersend with Pavis Woods citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Map of Dancersend". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Dancersend". Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 10 October 2015.

Coordinates: 51°46′35″N 0°41′46″W / 51.7765°N 0.6962°W / 51.7765; -0.6962