The Thame Valley BOA covers the Thame between Waterperry and Haddenham.
Area Coverage: 473 ha
Local wildlife sites: 0
Lowland Wood-Pasture & Parkland: 12 ha
Floodplain Grazing Marsh: 27.5 ha
Joint Character Area: Upper Thames Clay Vales with a small area in the Midvale Ridge.
Landscape Types: Mostly agricultural unwooded land, including floodplain grassland.
Geology: Predominantly mudstone and limestone interbedded, overlain by sand, silt and gravels.
Topography: A gently undulating valley.
Lowland Meadows: There is a concentration of neural grassland sites and a number of wet grassland fields within the floodplain.
Rivers and Streams – The River Thame and its tributaries offer an important means for species distribution through the area.
Lowland Meadows – There is a concentration of neural grassland sites.
Hedgerows – There are concentrations of pre-18th century enclosure around Shabbington and these may contain species rich hedgerows.
Ponds – There are ponds scattered across the area.
Wood Pasture and Parkland – There is potential parkland habitat at Tythrop House.
Rivers and Streams – Management, Restoration
Lowland Meadows –Management, Restoration, Creation
Hedgerows – Management, Restoration, Creation
Ponds – Management, Restoration, Creation
Wood Pasture & Parkland – Management, Restoration
There is ridge and furrow scattered across the area. There are three Registered Parks and Gardens – Eythrope Park, Mentmore and Hartwell House. There are 12 SAMs in the area.
Places to visit:
There are some public footpaths crossing the BOA.