Watts Bank

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Watts Bank is a nature reserve on the edge of the village of Lambourn in Berkshire, England. [1] The nature reserve is under the management of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. [2] The site has had over 30 butterfly species recorded. [2]

Nature reserve protected area for flora, fauna or features of geological interest

A nature reserve is a protected area of importance for flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. Nature reserves may be designated by government institutions in some countries, or by private landowners, such as charities and research institutions, regardless of nationality. Nature reserves fall into different IUCN categories depending on the level of protection afforded by local laws. Normally it is more strictly protected than a nature park.

Lambourn village in the United Kingdom

Lambourn is a large village and civil parish in West Berkshire. It lies just north of the M4 Motorway between Swindon and Newbury, and borders Wiltshire to the west and Oxfordshire to the north. After Newmarket it is the largest centre of racehorse training in England, and is home to a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, an equine hospital, and several leading jockeys and trainers. To the north of the village are the prehistoric Seven Barrows and the nearby Long Barrow, and in 2004 the Crow Down Hoard was found close to the village.

Berkshire County of England

Berkshire is one of the home counties in England. It was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council. The county town is Reading.

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Geography and site

The site covers 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres). [1] Watts Bank is a small chalk grassland bank. [2]

Fauna

The site has the following fauna: [1]

Butterflies

<i>Aricia agestis</i> species of insect

Aricia agestis, the brown argus, is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found throughout the Palearctic ecozone north to northern Jutland (Denmark) and east to Siberia and Tian Shan.

<i>Melanargia galathea</i> species of insect

Melanargia galathea, the marbled white, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae.

<i>Lycaena phlaeas</i> species of insect

Lycaena phlaeas, the small copper, American copper, or common copper, is a butterfly of the Lycaenids or gossamer-winged butterfly family. According to Guppy and Shepard (2001), its specific name phlaeas is said to be derived either from the Greek phlego, "to burn up" or from the Latin floreo, "to flourish".

Flora

The site has the following flora: [1]

Plants

<i>Gentianella amarella</i> species of plant

Gentianella amarella, the autumn gentian or autumn felwort, is a species of the genus Gentianella.

<i>Dactylorhiza fuchsii</i> species of plant

Dactylorhiza fuchsii, the common spotted orchid, is a species of flowering plant in the orchid family Orchidaceae.

<i>Primula veris</i> species of plant

Primula veris is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the primrose family Primulaceae. The species is native throughout most of temperate Europe and western Asia, and although absent from more northerly areas including much of northwest Scotland, it reappears in northernmost Sutherland and Orkney and in Scandinavia. This species frequently hybridizes with other Primulas such as Primula vulgaris to form false oxlip which is often confused with true oxlip, a much rarer plant.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Opening Times. "Watts Bank | Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust". Bbowt.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  2. 1 2 3 "Walking in the North Wessex Downs - Steve Davison - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-17.