South Dorset Coast SSSI - BINDON HILL (020)
Staff member responsible: MATTHEW LOW
Unit Id: 1005475
Unit area (ha): 118.9082
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SY 835 800
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: JONATHAN COX
Last assessed: 03/10/2010 Last assessment field visit: 03/10/2010
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Last CSM assessment: 03/10/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: Large ranges unit in overall recovering condition, with levels of scrub locally high but the site is under favourable conservation management. The south-facing slope of Bindon Hill is grazed by sheep and has a good range of calcicoles, including frequent Sanguisorba minor, Lotus corniculatus, Cirsium acaule and Pilosella officinarum, occasional Hippocrepis comosa, Campanula glomerata, Carlina vulgaris and Helianthemum nummularium, and rare Serratula tinctoria, Asperula cynanchica and Origanum vulgare. Vegetation is recovering at the eastern end where a large burn of the vegetation has occurred, and levels of bare ground are higher in this area. The cover of gorse exceeds 10% at the western end of this slope, and scrub is also frequent on the flatter ground between the base of the slope and the sea. This flatter ground is grazed by ponies and has a more mesotrophic tendency, with locally frequent Centaurea nigra, Lotus corniculatus and Trifolium pratense and occasional Lathyrus pratensis, although the calcicoles Viola hirta and Cirsium acaule are occasional. The north-facing slope of Bindon Hill within this unit supports calcareous CG4 vegetation, but this is less species-rich than that on the same slope to the east of the wire fence that marks the unit boundary, no doubt due to historic management differences. Leontodon hispidus, Carex flacca and Serratula tinctoria are frequent, Lotus corniculatus, Succisa pratensis and Pimpinella saxifraga occasional, and Stachys betonica, Cirsium acaule and Thymus polytrichus rare. The geological interest and cliff vegetation of the coastal cliffs is in favourable condition under non-intervention managment.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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