Buxton Heath is a 67.3-hectare (166-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north of Norwich in Norfolk. It is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade 2, and part of the North Valley Fens Special Area of Conservation. The site is managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Habitat This site has areas of dry acidic heath on glacial sands, but the main ecological interest lies in the mire along the valley of a small stream which runs west to east along the southern half of the site. There is a large conifer plantation adjoining the northern boundary of the site, and there is a small woodland area around the car park. Cattle and ponies are used to graze and control the grass growth.
Access Free access. Open all year round. Small car park off Heath Road. Limited suitability for wheelchair users. Mire area can be dangerous as it is easy to sink through the surface crust with deep mud underneath.
Birds Typical birds of woodland and heaths including larks, Stonechats, Yellowhammers, Linnets, Reed Buntings, Woodpeckers. Summer visitors include common warblers, Nightjars. Raptors often seen passing overhead. Dragonflies Small population of Keeled Skimmers in the mire. Butterflies One of the few sites in Norfolk for Silver-studded Blue