Allendale Moors SSSI - WOOD D R (070)
Staff member responsible: CLAIRE FURNESS
Unit Id: 1020275
Unit area (ha): 39.6866
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 809 510
Main habitat: BOGS - Upland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: SUTCLIFFE, (MIKE)
Last assessed: 06/03/2009 Last assessment field visit: 06/03/2009
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 06/03/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: Joint visit by M Sutcliffe and C Port. The unit is comprised of blanket bog (about 15 ha) in the western part of the unit, dry heath including some acid grassland and flush (M6c) mosaic (about 18 ha) along the western boundary and in the central area and acid grassland (about 7 ha) along the eastern boundary with a large conifer plantation. The blanket bog was mostly in favourable condition with good diversity of dwarf shrubs and Sphagna. The dry heath failed on low diversity, being mostly a heather monoculture with other dwarf shrubs only occasional. The age structure was also young with very little late-mature phase present. Sustainable levels of grazing and burning have been implemented under a HLS agreement AG00269793 which started in November 2008. The burning rotation has been increased to 12-18 years, the longer rotation applying to blanket bog and slower growing dry heath areas.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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