North Dartmoor SSSI - Willsworthy Range and Standon Hill (075)
Staff member responsible: MARTIN LONGLEY
Unit Id: 1031040
Unit area (ha): 886.0991
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SX 550 829
Main habitat: DWARF SHRUB HEATH - Upland
SITE CHECK:
Date of last site check: 29/07/2019 Checked by: JUSTIN GILLETT
Comment:

Both the Willsworthy Ranges and Standon Hill areas have been looked at. Key reportable features are Blanket mire, wet heath, dry heath and acid grassland. It is the dry heath areas around Hare Tor and Ger Tor that are of most concern with chronic high grazing pressure noted. For Standon Hill it is the condition of the Blanket mire that is of most concern with large areas on the plateau area that look in poor condition (hydrological (too dry) and livestock grazing pressure). This site check raises the question of whether the current condition class of Unfavourable Recovering can be justified and discussions are now in place with relevant owner/occupiers to rectify this.

Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: JANE STUART
Last assessed: 14/08/2013 Last assessment field visit: 14/08/2013
ISA Survey: View Surveys
Last CSM assessment: 14/08/2013
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: 2029 Confidence in estimate: Medium
Comment: Willsworthy and Standon Hill is assessed as unfavourable recovering because: Acid grassland - 30% of samples within acid grassland habitats fail on the cover of Juncus squarrosus (Heath Rush) and 25% of samples fail on cover of Bracken, trees and scrub. Blanket bog - 28% of samples within blanket bog habitat fail on cover of bare ground. 38 % of sample points fail on number of indicator species present. 95% of sample points fail on % of dwarf shrub shoots browsed. 62 % of sample points fail on presence of erosion. 38% of sample points fail on evidence of burning into the peat. Dwarf shrub heath - 60% of sample points fail on cover of indicator species. 75% of sample points fail on % of dwarf shrubs browsed. Wet heath - 62% of sample points fail on cover of ericoids. 90% of sample points fail of cover of graminoids. 76% of sample points fail on cover of indicator species. 71% of smaple points fail on % of dwarf shrubs browsed. A HLS agreement is in place and recovery is expected over time.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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