Whiteparish IPA

Location: Wiltshire, south-east of Salisbury, either side of the A36. The fields can be accessed from the National Trust car park at the top of Pepperbox Hill.

Grid Reference: SU 214 246

Whiteparish 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 on arable habitat
  • Fields around Whiteparish are of exceptional importance for their rich flora, in part reflecting the mixed chalky and sandy soils at the boundary of the heathlands of the Hampshire Basin and the elevated Wiltshire downs to the north.

    Whilst the fields are in private ownership, the arable flora interests are conserved through stewardship agreements.

    Notable species of the chalky soils include pheasant’s-eye, corn gromwell, spreading hedge-parsley, shepherd’s-needle, fineleaved fumitory and narrow-fruited cornsalad, whilst weasel’s-snout and lesser quaking-grass are more typical of the acid sands.