Ivinghoe Hills

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Ivinghoe Hills
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Ivinghoe Beacon from Steps Hill - geograph.org.uk - 521892.jpg
View of Ivinghoe Beacon from Steps Hill
Area of SearchBuckinghamshire
Grid referenceSP963159
InterestBiological
Area210.4 hectares
Notification1984
Location mapMagic Map

Ivinghoe Hills is a 210.4 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, and part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is listed in A Nature Conservation Review. The Ridgeway long-distance footpath ends and the Icknield Way Path starts in the site on Ivinghoe Beacon. An Iron Age fort on Ivinghoe Beacon and a tumulus on Gallows Hill are Scheduled Monuments; the site is part of the National Trust's Ashridge Estate, apart from a small area which belongs to Buckinghamshire County Council.[1][2][3]

The site is biologically rich, and it has varied habitats including unimproved chalk grassland, which has some nationally rare species, semi-natural woodland and scrub; some of the grassland is grazed by sheep and cattle. There are two areas of ancient woodland. An area of ploughed land on Gallows Hill has been retained within the SSSI because some of the weeds are nationally scarce.[1]

There is access from the National Trust car park off the B488 road.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ivinghoe Hills citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Map of Ivinghoe Hills". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Ashridge Estate: The Hills are Alive at Ashridge". National Trust. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Ivinghoe Beacon". Bucks Earth Heritage Group. Retrieved 30 September 2015.

Coordinates: 51°50′02″N 0°36′11″W / 51.833861°N 0.603099°W / 51.833861; -0.603099