South Dorset Coast SSSI - BINDON RANGE (021)
Staff member responsible: MATTHEW LOW
Unit Id: 1005476
Unit area (ha): 240.9731
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SY 848 808
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: Very large ranges unit containing both calcareous grassland on steep slopes in the south in favourable condition plus flatter ground with higher levels of scrub, the unit overall in recovering condition under favourable conservation management. The cattle-grazed north-facing slopes of Bindon Hill are in good condition with a fine range of calcicoles, including frequent Sanguisorba minor, Succisa pratensis, Origanum vulgare and Carex flacca, occasional Stachys betonica, Hippocrepis comosa, Centaurea scabiosa and Cirsium acaule, and rare Gentianella amarella, Anthyllis vulneraria and Scabiosa columbaria. The Nationally Rare Pilosella peleteriana occurs at low frequency. The flatter ground which comprises the largest area within the unit contains extensive scrub, in particular gorse, brambles and hawthorn, and this is being managed under a programme of scrub control. Ground flora here includes frequent Lotus corniculatus, Centaurea nigra and Daucus carota, occasional Cirsium acaule, Leucanthemum vulgare, Medicago lupulina and Primula vulgaris, and rare Centaurea scabiosa, Polygala vulgaris and Cichorium intybus. Damper hollows have occasional Juncus inflexus and Pulicaria dysenterica. The Dorset Notable Lotus glaber is locally occasional in the south of the unit. The geological interest and cliff vegetation of the coastal cliffs are in favourable condition, with the sea cliffs flora including frequent Daucus carota and occasional Echium vulgare, Carlina vulgaris, Blackstonia perfoliata and Inula conyzae. The Nationally Scarce species Brassica oleracea and Silene nutans are occasional and rare respectively.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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