Broadmoor to Bagshot Woods and Heaths SSSI - Broadmoor Bottom valley mire (012)
Staff member responsible: DES SUSSEX
Unit Id: 1031374
Unit area (ha): 4.0122
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SU 859 628
Main habitat: FEN, MARSH AND SWAMP - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: STEVEN, (GRAHAM)
Last assessed: 23/10/2015 Last assessment field visit: 12/06/2015
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 12/06/2015
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment:

Much of the mire is dominated by the tall, tussocky grass purple moor-grass. This is a characteristic component of mires but it can become overwhelmingly dominant in certain situations to the detriment of overall plant diversity. Other associated species in these areas are common cotton-grass and bog-moss but these are present at low frequency. The mire habitat is generally very species-poor. There are high levels of leaf litter produced by purple moor-grass. Large sections of the mire are also adversely affected by abundant growth of young birch and pine, and there is higher than desirable cover of mature pine. Scrub clearance is urgently needed to avoid loss of mire habitat. These areas would benefit from increased grazing intensity, or cutting and removal of vegetation, and removal of more of the mature trees.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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