Allendale Moors SSSI - MCFP (031)
Staff member responsible: CLAIRE FURNESS
Unit Id: 1020233
Unit area (ha): 5.9831
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 841 471
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Upland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: PORT, (CECILIA)
Last assessed: 15/05/2009 Last assessment field visit: 15/05/2009
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 15/05/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: This 5.9 ha unit has 3 parcels; 95% of unit consists of short semi-improved grass <15 cm height. Localised small patches of Soft Rush, Juncus effusus, occur in parcels 1 and 2 with occasional presence of Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris, also a wetland indicator. The fields were sheep grazed at the time of assessment. The visit was made in the afternoon during still and overcast conditions. Bird observations were made with binoculars from the roadside edge of the unit to avoid disturbance. 3 pairs Lapwing and 1 pair Oystercatcher were seen in parcel 3, also a further Lapwing pair in a part of the field with no stockproof wall immediately east of Shaw House, but technically outside unit; single pairs of Lapwing were seen in each of parcels 1 and 2. Total = 10 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher (score 10). Baseline score for Unit 31 from 1994 survey is 6 and this increased to 7 during 2005 North Pennines Breeding Wader Survey. Species recorded in the 1994: 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher. In 2005 species increased to 5 Lapwing, 2 Snipe and 1 Redshank. Lapwing and Oystercatcher numbers therefore maintained in unit, but Redshank not present during 2009 visit. As habitat presumably became unsuitable for Redshank by 2002, condition is now unfavourable for Redshank and species preferring taller vegetation, but Unfavourable Recovering for Lapwing and Oystercatcher, with increased score compared to baseline. Land is managed under ESA pasture prescription. However, little opportunity for habitat enhancement as the parcels are probably too small to allow for wader scrapes and encouraging greater rush cover could have a detrimental effect on Lapwing numbers.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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