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55 Cotswolds
Cotswolds The Cotswolds Natural Area overlies a band of limestone stretching from Somerset to Warwickshire. These Jurassic Limestones are internationally famous, as many are rich in fossils, and the rock stratigraphy is of particular importance.

An extensive semi-natural habitat in the Cotswolds is unimproved grassland and the Natural Area supports over 50% of the national resource of limestone grassland characterised by upright brome and tor grass. The limestone grasslands are rich in plants and invertebrates, particularly butterflies, and is the national stronghold for Duke of Burgundy butterfly. The Cotswolds also contain significant areas of ancient woodland. Woodland cover is relatively continuous on the scarp where internationally important stands of beechwood are to be found and in some parts of the plateau where there are woodland estates. In the north and on the eastern dip slope woodland is more isolated.
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