Allendale Moors SSSI - LITTLE BROS. (063)
Staff member responsible: CLAIRE FURNESS
Unit Id: 1020268
Unit area (ha): 145.1316
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 809 539
Main habitat: BOGS - Upland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - No change Assessed by: ROGERSON, (JILLIAN)
Last assessed: 10/04/2018 Last assessment field visit: 01/01/0001
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 10/04/2018
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment:

Species composition of the unit is variable with the majority of the dry heath quadrats passing on species compositions. All but 1 quadrat within the 10 recorded as dry heath contained heath, feather mosses and at least one other dwarf shrub species - crowberry was present in all but one quadrat. The blanket bog species composition was less favourable with half of the 8 stops having less than 6 species. Grazing pressure is an issue in several key areas, one being to the north of the unit, near the fell wall. Here the dwarf shrubs are patchy and showing signs of grazing pressure. Also adjacent to the road at the south of the unit where the vegetation is dominated by grasses, heath rush and polytrichum spp. Where heather was present adjacent to the road, the heather was heavily grazing and showing signs of the topiary growth form. There are large areas of screes through the middle of the unit adjacent to the flues and chimneys. Looking at the historical aerial photographs for the site, this scree has not increased in size and in some places heather is growing in patches through the scree. This areas is classified as a sensitive area and has been excluded from the dry heath burning rotation.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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