South Dorset Coast SSSI - ST. ALDHELM'S HEAD (031)
Staff member responsible: MATTHEW LOW
Unit Id: 1005553
Unit area (ha): 54.3253
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SY 959 759
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: JONATHAN COX
Last assessed: 06/05/2009 Last assessment field visit: 06/05/2009
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Last CSM assessment: 06/05/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: Large coastal unit containing cliffs and undercliffs on western side of St. Aldhelm?s Head under non-intervention management, plus a triangular area of calcareous grassland on coastal slope. Geological interest features in favourable condition, with cliff faces well exposed. Vascular plant interest feature in favourable condition with fine populations of the Nationally Scarce wild cabbage on the slopes and the Nationally Rare hairy-fruited cornsalad present. Wild clary, wild madder, horseshoe vetch and oxeye daisy were locally frequent, glaucous sedge and bird?s-foot trefoil frequent, and sainfoin rare. A corn bunting and skylarks were seen near the old chapel at the southern end of the headland. The triangular area of CG4 grassland on the south-facing coastal slope was also well-grazed (mean sward height 8 cms) and favourable, with frequent black medick, bird?s-foot trefoil, common knapweed, wild carrot and meadow oat-grass, and occasional dwarf thistle, horseshoe vetch, fairy flax, carline thistle, lady?s bedstraw, field scabious, greater knapweed, wild clary, mouse-ear hawkweed, hoary plantain and restharrow. Anthills occurred here.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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