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Asham Wood
Asham Wood is located in Somerset
Shown within Somerset

Coordinates: 51°12′45″N 2°25′25″W / 51.21244°N 2.42371°W / 51.21244; -2.42371

Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of Search Somerset
Grid Reference ST705460
Interest Biological
Area 140.6 hectares (1.406 km2; 0.543 sq mi)
Notification 1963 (1963)
Natural England Website

Asham Wood (grid reference ST705460) is a 140.6 hectare (347.5 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Downhead in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, notified in 1963.

Asham Wood is the largest and most diverse of the ancient semi-natural woods in the Mendips. It has been the subject of controversy and attempts to protect the environment from increased quarrying activity in the area.

The wood occupies 2 deep valleys and the intervening plateau. Most of the underlying rocks are calcareous Carboniferous Limestone and Shales, but Devonian Portishead Beds outcrop along the northern valley. There are a range of unusual flora and fauna.[1]

At Asham Wood near Frome coppicing and 50 dormouse boxes have been introduced in order to encourage nesting. The boxes are monitored and dormice numbers are recorded.[2]


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Coordinates: 51°12′45″N 2°25′25″W / 51.21244°N 2.42371°W / 51.21244; -2.42371



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