Chippenham Fen

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Chippenham Fen

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom
  • Site number: 
    544
  • Area: 
    112 ha
  • Designation date: 
    11-03-1992
  • Coordinates: 
    52°18'N 00°25'E
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Overview

Chippenham Fen. 11/03/92; England; 112 ha; 52°18'N 000°25'E. Nature Reserve, SSSI. A spring-fed calcareous basin mire with a long history of management. The site is notable for its ecological diversity, from characteristic sedge fen to fen meadow, chalk grassland, Alnus/Salix carr and ancient woodland (Fraxinus, Quercus, Betula). More than 300 species of flowering plants have been recorded, including very rare, regionally rare or local species, as have several rare invertebrates (moths). A notable assemblage of breeding birds includes Gallinago gallinago, Scolopax rusticola, Luscinia megarhynchos, Acrocephalus spp., and Locustella naevia. Scrub is periodically removed and the fen meadows are mown. Ramsar site no. 544. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

Administrative region: 
England

  • National legal designation: 
    • sssi
    • nnr
  • Last publication date: 
    01-01-1999

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