Muggleswick, Stanhope and Edmundbyers Commons and Blanchland Moor SSSI - Buckshot High (011)
Staff member responsible: AMY CHRISTIE
Unit Id: 1020550
Unit area (ha): 153.4224
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 963 459
Main habitat: DWARF SHRUB HEATH - Upland
Condition (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: ROGERSON, (JILLIAN)
Last assessed: 23/06/2010 Last field visit: 23/06/2010
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Date of site check: Last CSM assessment: 23/06/2010
Comment: This unit is failing on species diversity with only 7% of quadrats comprising Calluna and Empetrum nigrum. Cover of dwarf shrubs based on the quadrats is unfavourable with the mean cover of 69%, however this does not accurately reflect the overall positive species cover which was 82% cover. Either Pluerocarpus mosses and/or lichen species were present all quadrats. The burning on the unit was limited with only 13% of quadrats largely in pioneer growth stage. A large area of this unit has remained undisturbed for a length of years with 40% of quadrats recording LM heather and a visual assessment showing that 27% of the areas walked over had a component of LM heather Bracken, soft rush and bare ground were not issues within this unit. Grazing levels were favourable for the unit and the correct management is in place to aid the recovery of the species diversity on the unit. This is likely to take a number of years.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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