DOG LICHEN FIELD (INDZ/ES01)

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General Information

Grid Reference

SK27209880

Ownership

Corus Engineering Steels

Size

0.75 hectares (514m perimeter)

Designation(s)

Green Belt

Access

Free access via route of Stocksbridge Steel Valley Project. Parking also possible along a wide access drive to electricity sub-station to the south west of site.

Classification

B3

Importance

Not significant but does contain some interesting grassland communities and moderately species-rich hedgerows of recent origin.

Date Surveyed

13-03-00

 

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Survey information

Introduction

A large field that contains a variety of grassland communities, some coarse and others characteristic of acidic soils.

History

The field as it appears today is more or less as shown on the Hunshelf Enclosure Award map of 1810. In recent times adjacent areas, one which was once occupied by housing has been planted up as woodland (early 1990s) and within the field itself a large portion has been fenced off and planted up with a variety of species such as cherry (Prunus padus), oak, alder, hawthorn, ash etc. The field itself may have been subject to some industrial activity as there appears to be present some indication of spoil spread on parts of the site.

Topography

The whole site is on a south facing slope. Some evidence of possible mine workings, in the form of a gentle depression, are in the central area of the site where soil acidity is probably high.  

Recreation and Use

Appears to have little apart from a desire line indicating a short cut to Hunshelf Park (adjacent to site). Along the northeastern boundary of the field runs part of the Stocksbridge Steel Valley Walk. The survey recorded the site free of litter and fly-tipping. 

Present Management

None.

Previous surveys/studies

The field was surveyed as part of the Sheffield Local Biodiversity Action Plan audit of grasslands by two volunteers from Sheffield Wildlife Trust (Kurt Goodman and Jim Flanagan) in 1998.

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Main Plant Communities

Community

General Description

Characteristic Species

Community A

Rough grassland

Dactylis glomerata, Arrhenatherium elatius, Trisetum flavescens, Hieraceum pilosella

Community B

Low herb and grass (acidic) on disturbed/bare ground

Polytrichum juniperum, Ceratodon purpureus ssp purpureus, Cladonia sp., Peltigera lactucifolia,  Nardus stricta, Deschampsia flexuosa, Agrostis capillaris, Hypochaeris radicata, Hieraceum pilosella, Rumex acetosella

Community C

Tall herb

Rumex obtusifolius, Dactlis glomerata, Cirsium sp., Arrhenatherium elatius

Community D

Acid grassland

C;adonia sp., Agrostis capillaris, Dactylis glomerata, Carex sp., Hypochaeris radicata, Hieraceum pillosela, Plantago lanceolata,

Community E

Hedgerows

Crataegus monogyna, Prunus spinosa, Corylllus avellana

Community F

Planted tree and shrub area

Crataegus monogyna, Coryllus avellana, Quercus sp., Viburnum opulum, Prunus spinosa, Stellaria media, Dactylis glomerata

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Ecological Interest

The field is a south facing one and contains a range of grassland, tall and short herb communities as well as the recent addition of planted up hedgerows and a shrub area.

There are significant areas of nutrient poor acid grassland here with species typical of this community present such as common bent (Agrostis capillaris), wavy-hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa), mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieraceum pillosela) and sheep's sorrel (Rumex acetosella). On some of the more bare areas in the centre of the site are lichen/moss communities with cup lichens (Cladonia) most frequent and the moss Polytrichum juniperum. Early hair-grass (Aira praecox) also appears here. The dog lichen Peltigera lactucifolia is also abundant in small areas in the southern part of the site just north of the shrub area.

Rough grassland is dominated by coarse species and covers much of the top end of the site. The shrub area has a understorey of rough grass with much cocksfoot and occasional herbs such as bittercress.  

The two hedgerows bordering the eastern and southern boundaries of the field appear to have been planted some 10-12 years ago and now require laying to ensure their form is maintained. The hedgerows contain mainly blackthorn and hawthorn (co-dominant) with smaller amounts of hazel and rose. The shrub area contains a wider variety of species with guelder rose as well as holly, hawthorn, oak, blackthorn and hazel. Some buckthorn may also be present.

 

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Botanical Survey - clic here for details  

 

Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site


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Inner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to map of ecological survey sites

nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 


Back to map of ecological survey sites

Inner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I
Back to map of ecological survey sites

nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

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