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Sibford Ferris
Managed by:Plantlife International
OS grid reference:SP 356 375
Nearest postcode:OX15 5BL
Usual work:Scrub clearance

At Sibford Ferris, near Banbury, OCV have worked alongside Plantlife International in order to clear scrub and encourage the growth of an uncommon perfoliate penny cress (Thlaspi perfoliatum), which is a species of national nature conservation priority. The perfoliate pennycress has small greyish-green waxy leaves and a cluster of white 4-petalled flowers. The upper pointed leaves have no stalk, which leads to the appearance that the flower stems perforate the leaves, hence the name. In Britain this threatened species is mainly found within the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and is therefore often referred to as the Cotswold pennycress.