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IPA Factsheet - Burnham Beeches
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionSouth East (Buckinghamshire)
Central co-ordinates51o 33' N / 0o 38' W map
Area382
Altitude67 - 101
 

 Site Description Burnham Beeches is characterised by a diverse mixture of ancient woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, mire and heathland, the site’s most prominent features are the veteran beech and oak pollarded trees which provide a stable habitat for many rare and endangered deadwood species. Burnham Beeches is an extensive area of ancient beech forest. The woodland's character has been developed through centuries of wood-pasture management and regular pollarding. Holly and sometimes yews grow in the shrublayer with associated oak wood pasture and small areas of hazel coppice. The site also contains dry and wet heathland, ponds, streams, grassland, valley mire and sphagnum bog.

 Botanical Significance Burnham Beeches is an extensive area of ancient Atlantic acidophilous beech forest with Holly Ilex and sometimes also Yews Taxus in the shrublayer with associated oak Quercus spp. wood pasture and small areas of hazel coppice. The site also contains dry and wet heathland, ponds, streams, grassland, valley mire and sphagnum bog. The woodland's character has been developed through centuries of wood-pasture management and regular pollarding. It also retains nationally important epiphytic communities, including the moss Zygodon forsteri.

 General Habitat Description Woodland and Forest

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
nature conservation and researchMinor
tourism/recreationMajor
forestryMajor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria
Zygodon forsteri (Dicks.) Mitt.20072007unknownunknownA(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
9120 Atlantic acidophilous beech forests with Ilex and sometimes also Taxus in the shrublayer200720070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
National Nature ReserveBurnham Beechesprotected area contains IPA382
Site of Special Scientific InterestBurnham Beechesprotected area overlaps with IPA382
Special Area of ConservationBurnhma Beechesprotected area contains IPA382

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Habitat Management Planlowland beech and yew woodland 2002
Species Management PlanJuniperus communis (juniper) SAP2002

Threats

ThreatImportance
abandonment/reduction of land managementlow
otherlow

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Dominic PriceSite report compiler
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler