Broadmoor to Bagshot Woods and Heaths SSSI - MoD Surrey North West (016)
Staff member responsible: DES SUSSEX
Unit Id: 1031378
Unit area (ha): 80.8936
Unit Status: Live Gridref: SU 881 629
Main habitat: DWARF SHRUB HEATH - Lowland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Unfavourable - Recovering Assessed by: STEVEN, (GRAHAM)
Last assessed: 12/06/2015 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 heath in this part of the 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 a minor component of the vegetation in this unit and it is generally rather species-poor with high cover of purple moor-grass. A large proportion of the unit is occupied by extensive areas of young pine where mature secondary woodland has been cleared. The objective in these areas is to provide suitable habitat for ground-nesting birds on a rotational basis.

Number of adverse condition reasons: 1
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