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Hampstead Heath Woods is a 16.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden. It is in two separate areas within Hampstead Heath, North Wood between Kenwood House and Hampstead Lane, and the larger Ken Wood, south of Kenwood House.[1][2]

Hampstead Heath Woods
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Ken Wood, Hampstead Heath 2.JPG
Path in Ken Wood
Area of SearchGreater London
Grid referenceTQ270875
TQ271870
InterestBiological
Area16.6 hectares
Notification1990
Location mapMagic Map

The site has many old and over-mature trees, and extensive dead wood which provides a habitat for invertebrates, including the nationally rare jewel beetle Agrilus pannonicus. This type of canopy is uncommon nationally and very scarce in Greater London. The main trees are sessile oak and beech, with a few pedunculate oaks and wild service trees. The shrub layer is dominated by holly and rowan. Next to Ken Wood is a small valley which has soft-rush, six sphagnum species and water horsetail.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Hampstead Heath Woods citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Map of Hampstead Heath Woods". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 December 2014.

Coordinates: 51°34′05″N 0°10′02″W / 51.5680°N 0.16709°W / 51.5680; -0.16709