Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment SSSI - FETCHAM DOWNS (004)
Staff member responsible: GEORGINA TERRY
Unit Id: 1017063
Unit area (ha): 43.2492
Unit Status: Live Gridref: TQ 154 542
Main habitat: CALCAREOUS GRASSLAND - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: TERRY, (GEORGINA), Natural England ENSIS
Last assessed: 28/07/2014 Last assessment field visit: 01/01/0001
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 13/08/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:

Pockets of calcareous grassland with shrubby woodland. Mature woodland at the boundaries.

This unit is an unmanaged, mixed broadleaved woodland, with oak, ash, wych elm, field maple, sycamore and occasional yews. There is plenty of decaying wood throughout. The shrub layer is dominated by hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn, with smaller pockets of dogwood, spindle and wild privet. Dog’s mercury dominates the ground flora within the wooded area.

In the calcareous grassland pockets, wild parsnip and marjoram is found across the site (abundant) with upright brome, false-oat grass and common knapweed frequent. Fairy flax, common agrimony and bird’s-foot trefoil also frequent with only odd small patches of bare ground. Perforate St John’s wort, rough hawkbit and salad burnet occasional. Percentage of herbs to grass fails, but grazing should help address the more ruderal false oat grass growth, to benefit the wildflowers an HLS scheme is planned with this in mind. Electric fencing will be used.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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