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Bourton Down
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Pasque flower' (Ranunculaceae) flower.jpg
Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Coordinates 51°58′50″N 1°47′38″W / 51.980432°N 1.793933°W / 51.980432; -1.793933
Interest Biological
Area 11.17 hectare
Notification 1974

Bourton Down is an 11.17-hectare (27.6-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Bourton-on-the-Hill in Gloucestershire, notified in 1974. The site is listed in the 'Cotswold District' Local Plan 2001-2011 (on line) as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).

Location and habitat

The site lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of a series of grassland sites on Jurassic limestone. The site supports the Pasqueflower which is of some importance as there are few remaining sites. The site also supports Bastard Toadflax, and has good populations of Early Purple Orchid and Bee Orchid.

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