Broadmoor to Bagshot Woods and Heaths SSSI - MoD Berks East (015)
Staff member responsible: Conservation Delivery Team
Unit Id: 1031377
Unit area (ha): 155.4091
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SU 872 628
Main habitat: DWARF SHRUB HEATH - Lowland
Date of last site check: Checked by:
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: GRAHAM STEVEN
Last assessed: 12/06/2015 Last assessment field visit: 12/06/2015
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Last CSM assessment: 12/06/2015
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:

Much of the wet and dry heath at this site is floristically species-poor, which is likely to be a consequence of the site’s management history and the frequent uncontrolled fires. Extensive areas are occupied by dry heath dominated by heather where tree and scrub cover has been removed. These areas are generally species-poor and have low structural diversity. There are large amounts of young pine and birch in many places. Some of this vegetation has good habitat structure for reptiles and heathland birds including nightjar, stonechat, redstart and Dartford warbler. There is some managed diversity in heather age class created by the mown firebreak system, and this is of value to invertebrates and woodlark, although recreational disturbance is likely to prevent woodlark from nesting on these habitat patches. There are extensive areas of tall, mature heather which will provide suitable nesting and feeding areas for Dartford warbler. These areas will require some management intervention to maintain the heather in a healthy condition and to reduce fire risk, ie rotational cutting or controlled burning of heather. Wet heath is quite extensive on the north side of Wishmoor Bottom on gently sloping ground. It is generally rather species-poor and has high cover of purple moor-grass. It appears to have an adequate supply of groundwater and cover of trees and scrub is low. However, the vegetation would benefit from increased grazing pressure or other management to increase structural diversity and to promote conditions suitable for plants such as sundew and bog-mosses.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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