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IPA Factsheet - Oxford Meadows
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionSouth East (Oxfordshire)
Central co-ordinates51o 46' N / 1o 17' W map
Altitude58 - 64

 Site Description The area of Oxford Meadows SAC is 265.89 ha and it lies just to the west of Oxford. The site includes vegetation communities that are perhaps unique in the world in reflecting the influence of long-term grazing and hay-cutting on lowland hay meadows. The site has benefited from the survival of traditional management, which has been undertaken for several centuries, and so exhibits good conservation of structure and function.

 Botanical Significance Oxford Meadows has been selected as an SAC because of its lowland hay meadow habitat (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) and the presence of creeping marshwort Apium repens (the larger of only two known sites in the UK for this species). IPA noted for vascular plants and habitat. In late spring vast areas are carpeted with buttercups.

 General Habitat Description

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
nature conservation and researchMajor
mowing/hay makingMinor
agriculture (animals)Minor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria
Apium repens (Jacq.)Lag.2007unknownunknownA(ii)

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)20070unknownCii


DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Environmentally Sensitive AreaUpper Thames Tributariesunknown0
Site of Special Scientific InterestHurst Hillunknown0
Site of Special Scientific InterestPixey and Yarnton Meadsprotected area overlaps with IPA86
Site of Special Scientific InterestCassington Meadowsprotected area overlaps with IPA7
Site of Special Scientific InterestPort Meadow with Wolvercote Common & Greenprotected area overlaps with IPA165
Site of Special Scientific InterestWytham Ditches and Flushesprotected area overlaps with IPA3
Site of Special Scientific InterestWolvercote Meadowsprotected area overlaps with IPA3
Site of Special Scientific InterestHook Meadow & the Trap Groundsprotected area overlaps with IPA11
Special Area of ConservationOxford Meadowsprotected area overlaps with IPA264


TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Other Management Plan
Habitat Management PlanLowland meadows HAP2002
Species Management PlanApium repens (Creeping Marshwort) SAP2002


abandonment/reduction of land managementlow
development (infrastructure/transport)low
intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)unknown

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Dominic PriceSite report compiler
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler