Savernake Forest IPA

Location: North Wiltshire, about one mile (2km) southeast of the town Marlborough, between the A4 and A346.

Grid Reference: SU 221 663

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Savernake Forest IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of vascular plants in Broadleaved deciduous woodland: lowland pasture woodland
  • Savernake Forest is an extensive area of ancient woodland with over one thousand years of documented history.

    One of the largest woods in Wiltshire, it harbours an outstanding lichen flora and a wide variety of other plants, including species with nationally restricted distributions. The forest occupies approximately 4500 acres.

    Although it is privately owned, the forest's owners permit extensive public access via paths and tracks.

    Image: Savernake © Forester2009 under CC BY SA 3.0