|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
Wild garlic and bluebells in Highbury Wood
|Area of Search||Gloucestershire|
|Natural England website|
The site is listed in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).
The site, which is also a National Nature Reserve (NNR), lies in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woodlands of the lower Wye Valley are considered one of the most important areas for woodland conservation in Britain.
The woods are a variety of types which are localised to the particular soils of the area. Most of the woodlands are a rich mixture of varieties and are the same as the original natural woods of the Wye Valley. They include rare and local species and the rarities include large-leaved lime, whitebeam, and other trees close to the edge of their European range such as hornbeam and beech.
The wood lies in a matrix of unimproved grassland and other habitats which contributes to making the Wye Valley one of the significantly diverse and most attractive areas in southern Britain. Highbury Wood overlies mostly alkaline soils and contains a range of woodland species such as ash, oak and lime. It also has whitebeam which is on the western edge of its geographical range.
- Natural England SSSI information on the citation
- Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, adopted November 2005, Appendix D 'Nature Conservation Site Designations Within the Forest of Dean District', Sites of Special Scientific Interest Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, adopted November 2005, Appendix D 'Nature Conservation Site Designations Within the Forest of Dean District', Key Wildlife Sites Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Natural England NNR citation, map, access and facilities for Highbury Wood
- Information on Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy Special Area of Conservation designation
- Joint Nature Conservation Committee Listing of Special Areas of Conservation