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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 34.1 October 2022

Brampton Racecourse SSSI: history and natural history intertwined

By - Pat Doody

In the valley of Alconbury Brook, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, lies Brampton Racecourse SSSI, a site that is the result of a combination of local interest in natural history and the establishment of a racecourse. This led to the preservation of one of the best examples of unimproved lowland hay meadow in Cambridgeshire, and here Pat Doody describes the history of Brampton Racecourse, its conservation and management, and the vegetation that the site is known for.

I have written before on the loss of lowland herb-rich hay meadows along the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire (BW 31: 352–358), while, in the parish of Brampton, I described the problems associated with follow-up management of a small remnant of Brampton Meadow SSSI (BW 28: 24–29).

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist