Short Wood and Southwick Wood

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Short Wood
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Short Wood 8.jpg
Location Northamptonshire
Grid reference TL 015 913 [1]
InterestBiological
Area25.3 hectares [1]
Notification 1985 [1]
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Short Wood and Southwick Wood is a 54.7-hectare (135-acre) nature reserve north-west of Oundle in Northamptonshire. It is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. [2] Short Wood is a 25.3-hectare (63-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. [1] [3]

The site is a small remnant of the medieval royal hunting Rockingham Forest. Short Wood is ancient semi-natural woodland with the dominant trees being ash and pedunculate oak. Flora include several local rarities such as wood speedwell, bird's nest orchid and greater butterfly orchid. [4] Southwick Wood lost its elms in the late 1960s due to Dutch elm disease, and it now has oak, ash, field maple and hazel. [2]

There is access from the road between Southwick and Glapthorn, which passes between the two woods.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Designated Sites View: Short Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Short Wood and Southwick Wood". Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. "Map of Short Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. "Short Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

Coordinates: 52°30′40″N0°30′18″W / 52.511°N 0.505°W / 52.511; -0.505