Hartslock Nature Reserve

County: Berkshire
Nearest town or settlement: Goring on Thames
Contact details
Contact name: Chris Raper
Organisation: BBOWT
Website: Hartslock Nature Reserve warden's blog
Project description

Hartslock Nature Reserve is an 11-acre (4.5 hectare) site in the much larger Hartslock SSSI near Goring-on-Thames, south Oxfordshire, England. The reserve is primarily south-facing chalk downland surrounded by thick, ancient hedges and narrow patches of mixed yew and deciduous woodland.

The site has a very rich diversity of species characteristic of the habitat, including:
rare plants such as Bastard Toadflax (Thesium humifusum), Downy-fruited Sedge, Dodder and Slender Bedstraw
Monkey orchids (Orchis simia), Lady orchids (Orchis purpurea) and the hybrid between both species
butterflies including the Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages), the Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) and
the Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

Visit the blog from warden Chris Raper to see photos of plants and invertebrates found on the reserve.
the Club-tailed dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) is a frequent visitor in May, flying up from the Thames
a rare mayfly, Ephemera lineata, swarms in thousands on the site during the mating season
the rare day-flying moth,Mecyna flavalis, is seen commonly in July

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