The hidden jewel of Staines is Staines Moor SSSI. SSSI stands for ‘site of special scientific interest’ and is a designation awarded to sites that have features or species that are rare in the UK and/or under threat. Natural England, a body created by the government, grants SSSI status and gives permission for future works to occur on such sites. Traditionally grazed, the north-east corner of Staines Moor has been left untouched for many years. Being a bit more ‘wild’ the site attracted wildlife but also a lot of antisocial behaviour and developed the nickname ‘burnt car field’. These cars have been removed, the site has been fenced and grazing cattle have been introduced. The site still holds interesting plants and wildlife but the willow, hawthorn, coarse grasses and invasive species (like Himalayan Balsam) have taken over in the last few years. Cattle have started to take back control and chew away some of these problem species.