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Hog's Hole
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Hogs Hole from Combe Bottom.jpg
Area of Search Berkshire
Interest Biological
Area 23.7 hectares (59 acres)
Notification 1988
Location map Magic Map

Hog's Hole is a 23.7-hectare (59-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south-west of Newbury in Berkshire.


Hog's Hole is one of three nationally important chalk grassland sites that lie within the North Wessex Downs along with Rushmore and Conholt Downs (SSSI) and part of Inkpen and Walbury Hills (SSSI).

Hog's Hole consists of a dry valley, or combe, cut in the Middle and Upper Chalk. The steep east and west-facing valley sides support only thin rendzina soils, an unusual feature being lines of bare chalk and flint scree. The valley opens out in its southern part, the remainder of the site consisting of a moderately steep and undulating south-facing slope and a steep west-facing slope rising to a plateau area.


The site has been predominately used for grazing sheep.


The site has the following Fauna:


  • Willow warbler
  • Garden warbler
  • Lesser whitethroat
  • Long-tailed tit
  • Yellowhammer


The site has the following Flora:



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