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Aunt Marys Bottom

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This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Aunt Marys Bottom
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Description

Aunt Mary’s Bottom is a valley mire lying on the northern flank of Rampisham Hill. It was formed by the headwaters of a tributary of the River Frome cutting through the Lower Chalk and Upper Greensand to the underlying Gault Clay. Fed by base-rich seepage water, a shallow peat mire has developed on the clay and supports fen meadow vegetation and Alder carr woodland. There are associated areas of dry and marshy acidic grassland. It is an undamaged and rich example of a very restricted habitat. The rich and diverse plant communities provide habitat for a large invertebrate fauna of great rarity and scientific interest.

Interest Biological
Status To be Featured on Nod
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Aunt Marys Bottom

A wet site with limited access along a footpath. Some very rare insects have been recorded here.