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Brooks Head Grove
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Example - Hornbeam in a wood (Carpinus betulus)
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Coordinates 51°49′41″N 2°36′05″W / 51.828027°N 2.601418°W / 51.828027; -2.601418
Interest Biological
Area 11.9 hectare
Notification 1986

Brooks Head Grove is an 11.9-hectare (29-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1986. The site is listed in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).

Location and habitat

It is situated within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is at the head of a small side valley of the River Wye south of English Bicknor. It overlies Carboniferous Lower dolomite and Lower Limestone Shales which produces calcareous soils. It is part of the range of ancient broadleaved woodlands in the Wye Valley. In this vast collection of woodland there are many rare and local species. These include Large-leaved Lime and Whitebeam, and trees near the edge of their European range such as Hornbeam.

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