South Dorset Coast SSSI - Dancing Ledge (079)
Staff member responsible: MATTHEW LOW
Unit Id: 1030658
Unit area (ha): 35.2441
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SY 997 770
Main habitat: NEUTRAL GRASSLAND - Lowland
SITE CHECK:
Date of last site check: 26/05/2016 Checked by: Admin Assessor
Comment:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: JONATHAN COX
Last assessed: 30/09/2010 Last assessment field visit: 30/09/2010
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 30/09/2010
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: 2010 Confidence in estimate: Complete – Favourable Condition Achieved
Comment: Well-grazed tor grass slopes with good range of calcicoles, including frequent Sanguisorba minor, Pilosella officinarum, Hippocrepis comosa and Plantago media, and occasional carlina vulgaris, Thymus polytrichus and Polygala vulgaris. Thesium humifusum, part of the vascular plants interest feature, occurs in favourable numbers. The best areas average a vegetation height of 5 to 20 cms and herb cover up to 60%, whilst taller patches occur of 30 to 40 cms with herb cover 10 to 40%. Scrub is at acceptable levels. A narrow calcareous flush near the western end of the unit contains abundant Juncus inflexus, frequent Mentha aquatica, Hyperium tetrapterum and Carex flacca, occasional Veronica beccabunga, Pulicaria dysenterica and Anagallis tenella, and rare Salmolus valerandi and Scrophularia aquatica.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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