Barnack Hills & Holes National Nature Reserve

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Barnack Hills & Holes National Nature Reserve photograph
Barnack Hills & Holes National Nature Reserve

Barnack Hills & Holes National Nature Reserve

Barnack Hills & Holes is managed as a national nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, a non-departmental public body vested in 2006. It is situated in the village of Barnack in the unitary authority area of Peterborough in the United Kingdom. There are 222 NNRs in England covering over 350 square miles (900 km²) and practically every kind of landscape. This site has been selected by Natural England as one of its 35 Spotlight Reserves.
Barnack’s rich flora supports a wide variety of wildlife, especially insects, and a number of nationally scarce species are found. Limestone grasslands are traditionally grazed with sheep and at Barnack, grazing is carried out in autumn by up to 300 sheep. These remove the summer growth and build-up of leaves, stalks and grass tussocks that would otherwise die back to form a dead layer, or litter, on the ground. Without grazing, the build-up of coarse grasses and litter would rapidly choke the rarer lime-loving plants

Breeding Turtle Dove pictured, Nightingale, green woodpecker. marbled white and chalkhill blue butterflies

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