Slop Bog and Uddens Heath SSSI - UDDENS HEATH SOUTH (002)
Staff member responsible: SUE MOORE
Unit Id: 1005517
Unit area (ha): 3.1848
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SU 064 017
Main habitat: DWARF SHRUB HEATH - Lowland
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Comment:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Declining Assessed by: LIZ BIRON
Last assessed: 20/07/2016 Last assessment field visit: 20/07/2016
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 20/07/2016
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Reason for adverse condition: AGRICULTURE - UNDERGRAZING,FRESHWATER - DRAINAGE,FRESHWATER POLLUTION - WATER POLLUTION - AGRICULTURE/RUN OFF,LACK OF CORRECTIVE WORKS - INAPPROPRIATE SCRUB CONTROL,
Comment:

The unit has continued to be unmanaged since the last assessments in 2012 and 2006. Overall condition of the unit remains at unfavourable declining with a complete loss of extent of Wet Heath and lack of suitable habitat for reptiles and wet heath invertebrates.

(The 1983 Phase I habitat survey shows an area of native, semi-natural broadleaved woodland in Unit 2, although this area appears as fairly tree-free on the 1947 aerial photos. It is now well established with a fairly rich woodland ground flora which is not at all heathy in nature and is unlikely to be realistically restorable to heathland. Woodland is not mentioned on the citation and is therefore not a notified feature in its own right for the site but this area of mature woodland should be considered part of a mosaic of heathland habitat. The canopy of this established semi-natural woodland is dominated by mature Goat Willow and birch with some pole stage and mature Oak and Ash. The understory has frequent Red Currant, Bramble as Rose sp., Ivy and Holly, and the ground flora has various ferns, Remote Sedge and soft Rush all frequent, Honeysuckle is occasional and Yellow Archangel rare. Deadwood is extensive with fallen limbs and failed stems every 10m. Canopy cover is 60% with frequent open space where trees have failed).

Where birch and conifer woodland has developed since 1983 over what was mapped as open heathland in the Phase I maps, this marks a loss in extent of heathland notified features, but one that can be reversed and remedied by tree clearance, grazing with hardy livestock and wetland restoration measures.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 4
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