Nature Reserves

The only designated wildlife area in the parish is the Protected Wildflower Verge (PWV), formerly a Local Wildlife Site (LWS), known as Caldecott Verges. It is located on the road between Caldecott and Chelston Rise. This protected verge is identified by marker posts at either end.

The site was first surveyed in 1979 and was designated as a LWS when re-surveyed in December 1990. When re-surveyed in August 2006 it was re-designated as a PWV.

Protected Wildflower Verge marker post

The Caldecott Verges comprises mainly coarse grasses, except for a broad patch where species typical of mesotrophic grassland include Red Fescue festuca rubra, Meadow Vetchling lathyrus pratensis, Common Knapweed centaurea nigra, Wild Carrot daucus carota, and Cat's-Ear hypochaeris radicata.

Red Fescue festuca rubra

Meadow Vetchling lathyrus pratensis

Common Knapweed centaurea nigra

Wild Carrot daucus carota

Cat's-Ear hypochaeris radicata

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