SSSI Status (Last updated 14/1/2020)

Pepper Wood has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for more than thirty years. This reflects the fact that there has been a wood on this site since the 1600s, making it a Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland (SNAW) and probably for over a thousand years. It is home to many uncommon species, including the White Admiral butterfly, the reclusive Ground Caddis Fly, Herb Paris,  and the Wild Service tree to mention only a few. The award of SSSI status came when coppicing was re-established in the mid-1980s. Coppicing creates and maintains several different habitats and in doing so encourages a wide variety of plants, insects and birds.