SHOCKLACH HISTORICAL RECORD
A record of everything of interest in Shocklach was started in March, 2009.
So far, the following have been recorded.
NINE ANCIENT MONUMENTS/LISTED BUILDINGS
ONE DESIGNATED GREEN SPACE
Fourteen of the following:
SITES OF BIOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE (SBI)/
SITES OF NATURE CONSERVATION VALUE (SNCV)/
AREAS OF NATURE CONSERVATION VALUE (ANCV)/
SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (SSSI)
Shocklach churchyard and meadows are a Grade B Site of Biological Importance
and a Site of Nature Conservation Value.
The extension to the churchyard (see above and below) is an ancient hay meadow comprising species-rich
grassland which has not been affected by agricultural improvement. Such areas are rare and threatened,
both nationally and locally. An inventory of such grasslands undertaken by the
Cheshire Wildlife Trust in 1996 (over fourteen years ago) revealed that the total area of unimproved
neutral and acid grassland in Cheshire amounts to 2,865 ha (or 1.36% of the surface area of Cheshire) in 284 separate sites. However, one third of this area is in the Peak Park of east Cheshire.
This just shows how valuable the SBI at Shocklach churchyard and meadows is.