A South Yorkshire site proposed to the Society for its birds, insects and plants, as well as its geological interest. Since then, the area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is mostly ancient woodland consisting of oak, ash and lime, but there are calcareous and marshy grasslands here, too. The woods are filled with interesting flowers and plants like lily-of-the-valley, yellow star of Bethlehem, green helleborine, toothwort and hard shield fern. Now managed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Roche Abbey