Allendale Moors SSSI - HUTCHINSON (067)
Staff member responsible: CLAIRE FURNESS
Unit Id: 1020726
Unit area (ha): 42.1909
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 813 524
Main habitat: BOGS - Upland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - No change Assessed by: FURNESS, (CLAIRE)
Last assessed: 30/01/2018 Last assessment field visit: 01/01/0001
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 30/01/2018
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:

The unit comprises a mosaic of dry heath and fragmented dry heath, acid grassland and blanket bog. The dry heath failed on a number of attributes, species diversity, species cover, grazing pressure and the cover of soft rush. The dwarf shrubs are dominated by heather with occasional shoots of crowberry and bilberry. 11 out of the 15 quadrats comprised of fragmented dry heath with less than 50% cover of dwarf shrubs. Some of the stands appeared to be in the building phase however looking at the shrubs it was a mature stand that has been heavily stunted by localised grazing pressure. The blanket bog comprises dry modified bog, degraded as a result of historic grazing pressure and inappropriate burning. The bog is dominated by heather and most of the active drains have been blocked under HLS, however there are still a few flowing and these will need to be reviewed as part of any future scheme.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 2
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