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Habitat survey


hello folks..

I have had to have a habitat survey conducted on a site I am planning for a care home and 12 ‘care lodges’ part of that survey the ecologist found the following plant species on the 2 acre site..i must admit to be astonished to find such a list..just thought id share it with you all to illustrate what can be found on unassuming plots of land..

Species name Common name Location

Acer campestre Field Maple hedgerow
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore hedgerow
Aegopodium podagraria Ground Elder roadside hedgerow
Agrostis capillaris Common Bent grassland
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard hedgerow
Alnus glutinosa Alder pool margins, low ground
Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat-grass hedgerow
Arum maculatum Lords-and-ladies under trees, hedgerows
Asplenium scolopendrium Hart’s-tongue under trees
Cardamine flexuosa Wavy Bitter-cress grassland, pool margin
Cardamine pratensis Cuckooflower grassland
Carex flacca Glaucous Sedge semi-improved grassland
Centaurea nigra Knapweed semi-improved grassland
Cerastium fontanum Common Mouse-ear grassland
Cerastium glomeratum Clustered Mouse-ear grassland
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle grassland
Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle grassland
Corylus avellana Hazel hedgerow
Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn hedgerow, scrub
Dactylis glomerata Cock’s-foot grassland
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove under trees, hedgerow
Dryopteris affinis Scaly Male-fern scrub, under trees
Dryopteris dilatata Broad Buckler-fern hedgerows, under trees
Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb pool margins
Fagus sylvatica Beech hedgerow (planted?)
Festuca rubra Red Fescue grassland
Ficaria verna Lesser Celandine grassland
Fragaria vesca Wild Strawberry hedgerow
Fraxinus excelsior Ash trees, hedgerow
Galium aparine Cleavers
Geranium robertianum Herb Robert hedgerow, under trees
Geum urbanum Wood Avens hedgerow, under trees
Hedera helix Ivy hedgerow, under trees
Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog grassland
Ilex aquifolium Holly hedgerow
Iris pseudacorus Yellow Iris pool margins, dredgings
Juncus effusus Soft Rush grassland, pool edge
Juncus inflexus Hard Rush grassland
Larix sp Larch trees
Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling semi-improved grassland
Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle hedgerows, pool margins
Mercurialis perennis Dog’s Mercury under trees and scrub,
Phleum pratense Timothy grassland
Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain grassland
Potentilla anserina Silverweed grassland
Potentilla reptans Creeping Cinquefoil grassland
Prunella vulgaris Self Heal grassland
Prunus avium Cherry trees
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry Laurel new hedge near house
Prunus spinosa Blackthorn hedgerow
Quercus robur Pedunculate Oak trees, hedgerow, rare
Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup grassland
Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup grassland, under trees
Ribes uva-crispa Gooseberry hedgerow
Rosa arvensis Field Rose hedgerow, scrub
Rosa canina Dog Rose hedgerow
Rubus fruticosus agg. Bramble hedgerow, woodland
Rumex acetosa Common Sorrel grassland
Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock grassland, tall herb
Rumex sanguineus Wood Dock under trees, hedgerow
Salix cinerea/caprea Sallow scrub
Salix sp Weeping Willow immature trees (planted)
Sambucus nigra Elder scrub, hedgerow
Schedonorus arundinaceus Tall Fescue grassland
Senecio aquaticus Marsh Ragwort pool margins
Silene dioica Red Campion hedgerow
Sorbus aucuparia Rowan scrub, rare
Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort scrub, hedgerow
Stellaria holostea Greater Stitchwort hedgerow
Stellaria alsine Bog Stitchwort grassland, pool margin
Taraxacum officinale Dandelion grassland
Taxus baccata Yew hedgerow, under trees
Trifolium repens White Clover grassland
Typha latifolia Bulrush localised, pond margin
Ulmus glabra Wych Elm scrub, hedgerow
Urtica dioica Common Nettle widespread
Veronica beccabunga Brooklime pool margins
Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell grassland
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch grassland, hedgerow
Viola riviniana Common Dog-violet hedgerow, under

here is a site map for added interest..

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That is amazing!!!
just makes you realise what we are missing, thanks for this Skip.
do they let you keep any of them?

17 Apr, 2012


Astonishing !
Was there also a survey of animals and birds ?

17 Apr, 2012


At first sight that seems an amazing list, but when I studied it more closely, I realised I have at least eight of those in my 'lawn' and another couple trying to invade through the back fence!
But, in addition to all those usual suspects, that is a rich and varied mix of native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs. What a great job for someone, going around identifying all these.

17 Apr, 2012


Yes that is interesting, most of us would trample the plants listed underfoot without a thought. The pond on the diagram seems large in relation to the grounds surrounding it, the wildlife in this area alone would give you masses of insects and wildlife to list. Shame it has to be disturbed really - progress!

17 Apr, 2012



17 Apr, 2012


That is an mazing list , if there had been something endangered like Bee Orchids would it have stopped any proposed building going ahead Skips ?

17 Apr, 2012


Wow! CAnt you take pics! We want to see them! :)))

17 Apr, 2012


i did a grass survey for a local school and there were 17 different species in what they all called grass!

I've done a similar survey on the ehehm lawn. One day I may share my shame.

fantastic survey and yes isnt nature wonderful?

17 Apr, 2012


mine would be mostly moss and maybe a couple of blades of grass?? interesting thought SBG.

17 Apr, 2012


What an incredible list of plant life! Isn't it amazing what you find when you know what you are looking for! Thanks for sharing that with us :)

19 Apr, 2012

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